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Racial Justice Resources through the SCU Library

A guide to racial justice resources available in the Santa Clara University Library collections and beyond.

About this Research Guide

Racial Justice Resources through the SCU Library banner

This Research Guide was created to list resources regarding racial justice. This guide includes materials available through SCU's Library (books, videos, and databases) and some publicly-available resources (podcasts, digital humanities projects). 

Types of Resources in this Guide:

The resources listed in this Research Guide include materials from within the Santa Clara University Library holdings and the greater community. The types of resources are explained below:

Books in the SCU Collection - Links to the catalog records of books that are available through the Santa Clara University Library. The listed includes both ebooks and physical books

Databases - Links to academic databases that provide articles about social justice. Open access databases may also be identified here.

Podcasts - Links to podcasts. Podcasts are audio programs that are available for online streaming or for download. These are essentially "radio shows" you can listen to through your computer or other electronic devices.

Videos - Links to videos that were created by SCU or available through the library's streaming services.

Digital Humanities Projects - Links to digital humanities projects from Santa Clara University and elsewhere.

Other Resources - Links to resources from SCU's Archives & Special Collections and resources for educators.

Statement from the University Library

The following is the Santa Clara University Library's Black Lives Matter Statement. You can also view the full statement on the library website at:

"We would like to start by recognizing that no statement is sufficient to acknowledge anti-Black racism, particularly when these responses, collectively, are coming far too late and only when prompted by such wide-scale unrest as we have seen over the past week. At the same time, we feel it is necessary to publicly acknowledge the pain, trauma, and fear of the Black community that the past week has surfaced once again. Black lives matter. We salute those who are expressing their right to free speech and demonstration.

We wish to articulate our commitment to addressing issues of oppression in our library and the broader field of librarianship. We recognize the multiple forms of oppression that impact our communities but would like to explicitly center this message around anti-Black racism. This does not detract from our commitment to addressing all forms of oppression and injustice. Libraries are built on the same foundation of white supremacy as all institutions in the United States. Academic libraries, in particular, as institutions within the broader institution of higher education, bear out this reality.

Our communities and institutions need systemic change to address anti-Black racism, equity, and justice. We are moving through a long and painful period of transition in the history of this country, and a more just and equitable future can only emerge if more and more people do hard work both at the individual and institutional level. This requires a long-term commitment to change. Over the past months our staff have engaged in strategic planning for the library, and we have firmly and explicitly centered equity and justice in this plan, which is nearing completion. Our plan's guiding vision is to create and apply a social justice model for our library. This commitment is infused throughout the strategic goals we are currently developing, which include learning and research, organizational culture, public service, and diversity in our collections. We are a long way from understanding what such a model would look like, but we are committed to the self-study and adoption of structural changes that support this commitment. As we work to re-imagine our institutions, including the library, we invite you to engage in this work with us. Though we will be reaching out to the campus community to comment on our plans, please feel free to reach out to either Lev Rickards or Nicole Branch, co-interim University Librarians with thoughts, suggestions, or questions."