Supporting Trans People in Libraries

by Stephen G. Krueger


Best practices and personal anecdotes, written by trans library workers.

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October 2019

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 145
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Adult Services and Programs/GLBTQ Populations
  Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, College Level and Above
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Designed to provide practical information to library workers of all types, this book offers specific strategies for supporting trans people in their libraries.

As trans people (including those on the nonbinary spectrum) start to feel safer expressing their identities in public, many libraries are making an effort to show that they welcome people of all gender identities. Yet there are a lot of potential barriers to actively supporting trans people, including lack of knowledge about the needs of the trans community and lack of funding or institutional support. This book, written entirely by trans library workers, is designed to dismantle some of these barriers.

Supporting Trans People in Libraries is relevant for library workers of any background and position. People with little knowledge about trans identities can start with the opening introductory chapters, while those looking for guidance on a specific situation—such as adding all-gender restrooms, interacting respectfully with trans coworkers, deciding what information to require on library card applications, writing inclusive job postings, making collection development decisions, and more—can jump to a particular chapter. For each topic, there are sections on easy fixes, best practices, and example language. Readers can easily adapt the information to benefit their libraries and communities in concrete ways.


  • Provides introductory information on trans people, community needs, and preferred language
  • Offers specific best practices for creating inclusive library environments for trans patrons and employees
  • Includes resources and suggestions for long-term support of trans people in libraries
  • Suggests inclusive language for various scenarios (e.g., sharing pronouns and writing job descriptions)
Author Info

Stephen G. Krueger is access and outreach services librarian at Randolph College. He holds an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he won the University Diversity Award and the LGBTIQ Advocacy Award. He has written and presented written a number of articles and presentations on how libraries and institutions can support trans patrons, students, and employees. Krueger was a 2018 American Library Association Emerging Leader and is an active member of ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. In 2017 he founded the Gender Variant LIS Network, a group for trans library workers.



"I want to buy a copy of this book for every library director I know! It is a clear, inclusive, generous, and practical guide to supporting trans and gender variant people in our libraries. As a genderqueer butch lesbian, I was moved to tears by the reality of the personal and community experiences in this book; as a library director, I was moved to action by the clarity of the quick fixes and long-term solutions at the end of each chapter. This is a book that unapologetically calls for library leaders to see the many ways in which libraries passively and actively reject trans and gender variant people (patrons and staff alike), and to actively do the work to dismantle the gender binary and create more equitable libraries. This book also provides the tools for all of us to start making changes that will make our libraries safer and more welcoming for people of all genders. Despite our aspirations to be welcoming and inclusive spaces, library policies, practices, and cultures often erase and/or actively discriminate against people from marginalized groups—this is a book for those of us who want to do better, and who want libraries to be better."—Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries, MIT

"I can't wait for Krueger's guidance to be implemented throughout the library world. It's time for libraries to understand and go beyond Trans 101. This book leads the way deftly and kindly."—Jane Sandberg, Electronic Resources Librarian, Linn-Benton Community College

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