City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 063020
Long Beach Public Library Offers Unlimited Access to Select Anti-Racist and Black Lives Matter Audiobooks and E-books
Cathy De Leon
Manager of Branch Library Services
Long Beach Public Library

Long Beach, CA - Through a partnership with Overdrive, Long Beach Public Library’s (LBPL) e-book and audiobook distributor, the library is offering unlimited access to anti-racist and social justice e-books and audiobooks for LBPL library card holders. E-books can be read on a mobile device such as a smartphone, tablet or computer.  

In light of the current local and national dialog surrounding social inequities and the Black Lives Matter movement, demand for such books has been rising, and many bookstores and libraries have run out of copies, and e-book licensed copies, of anti-racist and Black Lives Matter-focused titles. 

“Public libraries have the potential to play a key role in dismantling racism in our country,” said Library Director Glenda Williams. “By making these learning resources available to our residents, we can help our community better understand the experiences of the Black community and together develop a shared language that supports Black lives and anti-racist actions.” 

Unlimited copies of the following titles are now available:

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (audiobook)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (e-book and audiobook)
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad (e-book)

These titles have been made available to libraries through Overdrive’s Black Lives Matter: Community Read program. More titles will be added in the coming weeks. Library cardholders can access these titles by visiting LBPL’s Overdrive webpage here. For more information about how to get a library card, please visit:

For additional information about the program, patrons may call the Long Beach Public Library at 562.570.7500 between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Public Library

Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes Billie Jean King Main Library and eleven neighborhood libraries and a vibrant online presence. In summer of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library and Museum Services in recognition of successful community-collaborations, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and literacy-focused programs to the residents of Long Beach. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces, and a variety of events ranging from storytimes to cultural programs.

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