Celebrate Earth Day with Duluth Public Library: Knowledge Grows Here, Sustainability Shows Here

This Earth Day, we invite you to discover the greener side of the Duluth Public Library. As advocates for both knowledge and sustainability, we believe in the power of education to inspire positive change for our planet.

Public libraries are more than just repositories of books; they are hubs of learning, innovation, and sustainability. Did you know that libraries play a vital role in promoting eco-friendly practices and environmental awareness? From offering digital resources that reduce the need for printed materials to using reusable materials, including books, libraries are your partners in making greener choices.

Join us this Earth Day to discover the green initiatives that make the Duluth Public Library a sustainable space for everyone. Together, we can create a brighter, greener future for all.

Happy Earth Day from Duluth Library Foundation!


Over a decade ago, the visionary board and dedicated staff of the Duluth Library Foundation conceived an ambitious plan to hold a fundraising Gala at none other than the iconic downtown Duluth Public Library itself. Yes, you read that right – an extraordinary event right at the heart of knowledge and community.
This event has always been special to us.
The 12th annual Learning & Libations at the Library was a success on all accounts — raising $38,000 and counting for our beloved library. See photos from the evening here>

It’s time to ban together.

Join us as we celebrate Banned Books Week, October 1st – 7th, an annual event that brings together our book-loving community. Together, we stand in support of the freedom of expression and shine a light on the detrimental consequences of censorship. This week-long occasion raises awareness about the numerous attempts happening nationwide to ban or limit people’s access to books. Let’s come together and advocate for a world where all ideas are valued and celebrated without constraint.

Today, libraries across the country are seeing an alarming rise in requests to ban books. This unprecedented surge poses a challenge for dedicated library staff who are committed to promoting diverse perspectives and ensuring access to information for all patrons. In a concerning trend, the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association has reported an alarming increase in attempts to censor books and resources in libraries. In 2022 alone, they documented a staggering 1,269 demands for book bans, marking the highest number recorded in over two decades.

So what can we do? We can start by showing our support to Libraries and learning more about the work being done nationally and locally to combat the trend of book banning. To read more about what our community is doing, check out the Library’s Collection Development Policy here: https://duluthlibrary.org/policies/collection-development-policy/

And please visit the American Library Association, https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned and Unite Against Book Bans, https://uniteagainstbookbans.org/ a national initiative, to learn more.