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Black Lives Matter: Resources from Falvey Library and Beyond

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By Beaudry Allen, Laura Bang, Deborah Bishov, Sarah Wingo, and Kallie Stahl 

Black lives matter. Antiracism is a lifelong process. Over the past months, we’ve seen an outpouring of interest from our community seeking to learn more and to broaden their understanding of the historical context of our current moment. Our role as the library is to share resources to support learning, so with that in mind, we are sharing a list of books and other resources. No list of this nature could ever be comprehensive, but we hope that this list, compiled by members of the Falvey Memorial Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion working group, will serve as a starting point.  


Falvey Memorial Library E-Resources
These books and movies are available digitally in our collections and are free to all members of the Villanova University community.  

Freely Available E-books
These e-books are currently (as of September 2020) freely available on the internet. 


These podcasts are freely available on the internet. 

Other Freely Available Resources

These web resources are freely available to everyone. 

Public Libraries
Because of the way e-book licensing works, some e-books not available through Falvey may be available through your local public library. Current Villanova affiliates have access to the collections at the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Lower Merion Library System. If you live outside Pennsylvania, you may have access to other large library systems beyond your local public library.  The following e-books are available from the Free Library, though some have a wait list  

Additional Anti-Racist Reading Lists 

If you’re looking for a specific work or for literature on a specific topic, please feel free to get in touch with our librarians at 

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Library Statement on Protests

Falvey Memorial Library stands united with those who seek social justice and equality and supports those protesting worldwide to dismantle institutionalized racism and white supremacy.

As Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, wrote in his email to the campus community, “With COVID-19, we witnessed what was occurring and swiftly and dramatically changed behaviors in order to save lives. As I think about George Floyd, and the numerous other black men and women who have been killed unjustly, I can’t help but wonder, why isn’t our reaction the same? When will we understand that injustice affects us all? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best when he said: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

To the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of the Villanova community, we see you, we hear you, and we will listen, learn, and grow. Falvey Memorial Library is committed to creating a community in the spirit of Villanova University’s Augustinian values; to ensure the Library is a place where all feel welcome and safe.

Learn more about diversity and inclusion on Falvey Memorial Library’s Diversity and Inclusion Subject Guide.

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Last Modified: June 4, 2020