Diversity. Diverse authors, diverse classes and programs, and a diverse community; that’s one of the things that the library is all about!  You might not have known this, but libraries have their own code of ethics that they adhere to. The American Library Association’s Code of Ethics is a broad guideline upon which we conduct ourselves whilst in library-land. It holds quite a few awesome ethical guidelines, but the one we’re going to focus on today is, ”We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests.” (American Library Association, 2008)

To me, the above guideline is a clear statement that it is my duty as a library professional to serve all of my customers with compassion and to uphold their individual dignity. I work in Youth and Family Services and back in June I did a small teen display for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Pride Month. I wanted to show that we were dedicated to serving all of our customers with compassion and without judgment. Wouldn’t you know that every single item on that display checked out. WOW! Let me say it again, every single item checked out! The odd thing about that statistic is that we don’t often get questions on the subject. Don’t get me wrong, occasionally a teen will slowly walk up, fear and uncertainty clear in his or her face, and ask for resources; however, most of the time all we hear are crickets on the subject. The combination of these two things got me thinking. It is clear to me that these resources are sought after, and it is equally clear that people are hesitant to ask for these resources. My conclusion? We must have a bibliographic blog!

Without further ado I present a partial list of the resources available in the Chesapeake Public Library System. For a wider selection hop on over to our website www.infopeake.org and enter “gay” or “homosexual” in the search bar then choose “subject” or “All fields” from the drop down menu.

Childrens’ Picture Books


Children’s Chapter Books


Teen Fiction:


Teen Non-Fiction:


Graphic Novels:


Adult Fiction:


Adult Non-Fiction

As I said earlier this is just a small fraction of what CPL has to offer. Try using one of the searches above to view what else we have to offer! As always, feel free to ask a library associate for resources on any subject. We’re here to provide information, not judgment. Happy reading!

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2 thoughts on “From the Shelf: LGBTQ Resources

  1. What a wonderful service you provided to the public through your display as well as the list of resources. Some may consider the topic controversial but the fact that those books were checked out is clear evidence that the display was needed and desired. Kudos to you for for a job well done addressing this need!

  2. This is such a fantastic–and important!–resource. I’ve definitely experienced customers coming up and looking for LGBT books but sort of skirting around the question like they’re embarrassed, and we have so many things to offer them.

    Do you mind if I share this list on a couple of my social networking places?

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