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Diversifying Our Library

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We aim to foster an inclusive community, where all staff and students feel and have an equal opportunity to succeed.

Embedding the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion across our University is one of the priorities set out in the University's Strategic Plan 2019-23.


The purpose of striving to diversify the library is to ensure that people who are marginalised by society’s perspectives – for example, by race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, or socioeconomic class – are better represented.


In support of this we aim to:

  • Diversify our collections to reflect the diversity of the University’s population and to celebrate the many cultures that are reflected in our community
  • Encourage the development of collections created by and representative of marginalized and underrepresented groups
  • Promote diverse voices in current collections
  • Support the critical evaluation of sources of information through information skills library instruction and training to ensure different perspectives are recognised
  • Promote our library spaces as inclusive spaces where all users feel welcome and included
  • Advocate for diverse groups through library displays and exhibitions
  • Publicize our diversity initiatives and progress

Diversity is....

"The practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.".

Oxford English Dictionary Online.

What we have done so far

  • We are working with students and staff on our collections to reflect the diversity of the University’s population and to celebrate the various cultures that are reflected in our community.
  • We are working with academic colleagues and University departments to develop and promote reading lists to aid understanding of diversity issues.
  • We have had a number of onsite and online displays on diversity themes, including Black History Month, Pride, and other celebrations.
  • We are ordering and adding to stock a new collection on behalf of the EDI team.


We thank the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office for supporting our library collections development.

Checkout Equality Diversity and Inclusion Collection

Get Involved


The library wants your suggestions for new material to add to our collections that cover overlooked voices and under-represented communities. Please submit your suggestion to and we’ll do our best to make the library collections more inclusive.


We are looking for academic colleagues to work with us on diversifying our collections. If you are looking for assistance with developing collections to support a developing curriculum, please get in touch with your Subject Librarian.

Recent items added to our collections 

eBooks (click on book image to read the book online, ATU email address and password required)

Making Inclusive Higher Education a Reality : Creating a University for All
On Being Included : Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life
In Their Shoes : Navigating Non-Binary Life
Posters for Change : Tear, Paste, Protest
Disability Visibility : First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century
Race and Ethnicity : The Sociological Mindful Approach
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in Contemporary Higher Education
Using Narratives and Storytelling to Promote Cultural Diversity on College Campuses
The Race Conversation : An essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue
Female Fear Factory : Unravelling Patriarchy's Cultures of Violence
Understanding ADHD in Girls and Women
Ageism Unmasked : Exploring Age Bias and How to End It

EDI in Literature 

I know why the caged bird sings
Oranges are not the only fruit
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The long song
To kill a mockingbird
Girl, woman, other

EDI Literacy Glossary

© Athena Swan Ireland and Advance HE

Learn More

LinkedIn Learning provides a number of curated, online courses based on a variety of topics that may be of interest. 

Here are two key learning paths

Or try a course in unconscious bias or learn about inclusive mindset.