Outside the Lines is currently on hiatus.

While the important work of shifting perceptions of libraries is never done, we believe that there have been great strides in the last several years in helping people think about libraries in a different way. And we hope that those who have participated and have been inspired by Outside the Lines use what they’ve learned beyond one week in September; these are ideas and inspiration that we can carry with us and use all year long.

Please read our farewell email, and don't hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] with questions, ideas and inspiration.


Libraries are dynamic centers for engagement that help everyone in your local community be their best. To shift perceptions, we need to demonstrate how the library is more relevant than ever before.

Let’s not just tell people how libraries have changed; let’s show them.

Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Whether your organization is large or small, a school library or a public library, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that:

  1. Gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way.
  2. Showcases the library out in the community as well as in the library.
  3. Highlights how your library is relevant to people’s lives.
  4. Represents your local community.
  5. Is active versus passive – gets people engaged.
  6. Is extraordinary and unexpected.
  7. Most importantly, is fun!


2017 Participating Organizations

229 Participating Organizations

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Organization Name City
Campaspe Regional Library Echuca
TAFENSW Sutherland Library group Loftus
Yarra Libraries North Fitzroy, VICTORIA
Yarra Plenty Regional Library South Morang
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Mornington Peninsula Library Service Melbourne
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Biblioteca Municipal José de Anchieta 1219
Instituto de Políticas Relacionais São Paulo
Maringá Public Library (Maringá City Hall). Biblioteca Pública Municipal de Maringá Maringá/PR
Minas Gerais
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BiblioArte LAB Poços de Caldas
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Veta Forster mbH Jaboatao Dos Guararapes
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Tartu Public Library Tartu
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bibliothèque Louise Michel Paris
Ladonna Slone mbH Rillieux-La-Pape
Greater Accra Region
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Ghana Library Authority Accra
Medjimurje county
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Knjižnica i čitaonica Grada Preloga Prelog
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Csbno Paderno Dugnano
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Bernadette Woolls GbR Coperchia
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Princess Fraire Co.KG. Montegibbio
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Naomi Akhurst Ltd. Giustino
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Nigerian Book Foundation Awka, Anambra State
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Youth Initiative For Sustainable Human Development in Africa Sabo Tasha
United States
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East Lawrence High School Trinity
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Florence
Gardendale Public Library Gardendale
International Fertilizer Development Center Muscle Shoals
MCCPL Coliseum Blvd Branch Library Montgomery
Pell City Public Library Pell City
Tuscaloosa Public Library Tuscaloosa
Organization Name City
Burbank Public Library Burbank
Monrovia Public Library Monrovia
Mountain View Public Library Mountain View
Norco Library Norco
Palos Verdes Library District Rolling Hills Estates
San Mateo County Libraries San Mateo
Organization Name City
Anythink Libraries Thornton
Arapahoe LIbraries Englewood
Aurora Public Libraries Aurora
Berthoud Community Library District Berthoud
Clearview Library Windsor
Colorado State Library Englewood
Crested Butte Library Crested Butte
Delta County Libraries Hotchkiss
Denver Public Library Denver
Douglas County Libraries Castle Rock
Durango Public Library Durango
Eagle Valley Library District Eagle
Eaton Public Library Eaton
Fort Morgan Public Library Fort Morgan
Hayden Public Library Hayden
High Plains Library District Greeley
John C. Fremont Library District Florence
Lamar Public Library Lamar
Las Animas Bent County Library Las Animas
Louisville Public Library Louisville
Lyons Regional Library District Lyons
Mancos Public Library MANCOS
Park County Public Library Fairplay
Pikes Peak Library District Manitou Springs
Pine River Library Bayfield
Poudre River Public Library District Fort Collins
Vail Public library Vail
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Cheshire Public Library Cheshire
Cora J. Belden Library Rocky Hill
Hartford Public Library Hartford
Lucy Robbins Welles Library Newington
Russell Library Middletown
District Of Columbia
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Launa Marcum GmbH Washington
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Delmar Public Library Delmar
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Allapattah Library, Miami Dade Public Library System Miami
Destin Library Destin
Leesburg Public Library Leesburg
LIBRARY tallahassee
Northwest Regional Library System Panama City
Orange County Library System Winter Garden
Orange County Library System Orlando
Osceola County Libraries - St Cloud Branch St Cloud
Titusville Public Library Titusville
Winter Park Public Library Winter Park
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Clayton County Library System Jonesboro
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Cedar Rapids Public Library Cedar Rapids
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Boise School District Boise
Kamiah Community Library Kamiah
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Arlington Heights Memorial Library Arlington Heights
EveryLibrary Riverside
Mount Prospect Public Library Mount Prospect
Plainfield Public Library District Plainfield
Rock Island Public Library Rock Island
Schaumburg Township District Library Schaumburg
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Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library Bloomfield
Hancock County Public Library Greenfield
Monticello-Union Township Public Library Monticello
Putnam County Public Library Greencastle
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Bonner Springs City Library Bonner Springs
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Louisville Free Public Library Louisville
McCracken County Public Library Paducah
Pendleton County Public Library Falmouth
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New Orleans Public Library New Orleans
Oil City Branch Library Oil City
Rapides Parish Library System Alexandria
Shreve Memorial Library Shreveport
St. John the Baptist Parish Library LaPlace
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Bolton Public Library Bolton
Grafton Public Library Grafton
Oak Bluffs Public LIbrary Oak Bluffs
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Baltimore County Public Library Baltimore County
Frederick County Public Libraries Frederick
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Rockland Public Library Rockland, ME
Thomaston Public Library Thomaston
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Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library Alpena
Bloomfield Township Public Library Bloomfield Township
Jackson District Library Spring Arbor Branch Spring Arbor
Niles District Library Niles
Pontiac Public Library Pontiac
Southfield Public Library Southfield
Three Rivers Public Library Three Rivers
Organization Name City
Anoka County Library Blaine
East Central Regional Library Cambridge
Fulda Memorial Library Fulda
Jackson County Library Jackson
Madison Public Library Madison
North Mankato Taylor Library North Mankato
Washington County Library Cottage Grove
Willmar Public Library Willmar
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Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Cassville Branch Cassville
BLRL Marionville Branch Library Marionville
Mountain View Public Library Mountain View
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B.J. Chain Public Library Olive Branch
Central MS Regional Library System Brandon
Hancock County Library System Bay St. Louis
Jane Blain Brewer Memorial Library Mt. Olive
Madison County Library System Canton
Mississippi Library Commission Jackson
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Bozeman Public Library Bozeman
Drummond School & Community Library Drummond
ImagineIF Libraries Kalispell
Montana State University Library Bozeman
Stillwater County Library Columbus
Toole County Library SHELBY
North Carolina
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University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Library and Information Studies Greensboro
North Dakota
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Friends Of The James River Valley Library Jamestown
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Do Space Omaha
New Hampshire
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Goffstown Public Library Goffstown
Ingalls Memorial Library Rindge
Keene Public Library Keene
New Jersey
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Bridgeton Free Public Library Bridgeton
Burlington County Library System Westampton
Clark Public Library Clark
Fort Lee Public Library Fort Lee
Sayreville Public Library Parlin
New Mexico
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Rio Rancho Public Libraries Rio Rancho
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Carson City Library Carson City
New York
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Albany Public Library Albany
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Buffalo
Cornell University Library Ithaca
Cornwall Public Library Cornwall
Farminmgdale Public Library Farmingdale
Flower Memorial Library Watertown
Henry Waldinger Memorial Library Valley Stream
Huntington Memorial Library Oneonta
Mahopac Public Library Mahopac
Newburgh Free Library Newburgh
NYPL - St. George Branch Staten Island
Olive Free Library West Shokan
Patchogue Medford Library Patchogue
Plattsburgh Public Library Plattsburgh
Port Jervis Free Library Port Jervis
Seymour Public Library Auburn
Syosset Public Library Syosset
Woodbury Public Libraray Highland Mills
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Bellevue Public Library Bellevue
Ida Rupp Public Library Port Clinton
Rocky River Public Library Rocky River
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Miami Public Library Miami
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Driftwood Public Library Lincoln City
Hillsboro Public Library Hillsboro
Tillamook County Library Tillamook
Toledo Public Library Toledo
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Avalon Public Library Avalon
Chester County Library and District Center Exton
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Pittsburgh
Milvale Library Millvale
Pleasant Hills Public Library Pittsburgh
Pleasant Hills Public Library Pittsburgh
Sewickley Public Library Sewickley
Western Allegheny Community Library Oakdale
Rhode Island
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Cranston Public Library Cranston
South Carolina
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Richland Library Columbia
South Dakota
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Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library Vermillion
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Mayfield Library, Nashville State Community College Nashville
Mt. Juliet BPAC Mt. Juliet
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Bell Evers Ltd. Katy
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library Honey Grove
Cedar Ridge High School Library Round Rock
Chico Public Library Chico
Crowley Public Library Crowley
Dallas Public Library Dallas
Fort Bend County Libraries Richmond
HCPL/Evelyn Meador Library Seabrook
Jeff Davis County Library Fort Davis
Judy B. McDonald Public Library Nacogdoches
Lake Travis Community Library Austin
Marcia R. Garza Elementary Library Alamo
Nueces County Keach Family Library Robstown
Pottsboro Area Library Pottsboro
Sterling Municipal Library Baytown
women's and men's health services corpus christi
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Park City Library Park City
Salt Lake County Library Services Holladay
Springville Public Library Springville
West Jordan Library West Jordan
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Waynesboro Public Library Waynesboro
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Charlotte Library Charlotte
Peoples Academy Library Morrisville
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Spokane Public Library Spokane
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Arrowhead Library System Milton
Madison Public Library Madison
West Virginia
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Burnsville Public Library Burnsville,
Morgantown Public Library System Morgantown
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Guernsey-Sunrise Schools Guernsey
Bulawayo (city)
Organization Name City
Bulawayo Public Library Bulawayo