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Mount Library Gets $10K to Boost Accessibility

The Phillips Library at Mount Saint Mary’s University has received a $10,000 grant to improve accessibility for those with disabilities in the community. The grant was awarded through the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities program.

The program supports the development of accessible and inclusive spaces in small and rural communities through the provision of new furniture, updated signs, and other resources. The funds also support training for library staff on how to better assist patrons with disabilities.

The Phillips Library is one of 310 libraries across the country to receive funding in the first round of grants. and one of only 85 to haalso received funding for the first round of grants.

“I am honored to receive a second round of funding from the ALA,” said Director of the Library Jessica Boyer, Ph. D., C’16. “Through this grant project, I hope to continue to build on our efforts to make the library a welcome, inclusive and accessible place for all members of the Mount community.”

Since 2014, the ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has aimed to reimagine libraries as vital to supporting communities. The initiative supports the development of free dialogue and deliberation training for community and campus forums, anti-violence activities, and civic engagement.

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