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Positive Space Designation

APL Positive Space logo

We are proud to have been designated as a Positive Space in 2016. 

You will see this decal on the entrance doors to all of our branches and our Corporate Services office.

To receive this designation, we have met the standards of the OCASI Positive Space Assessment Guidelines.

What is a Positive Space?

Positive Spaces are welcoming environments where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Genderqueer, etc. (LGBTQ+) newcomers are able to access culturally inclusive services with dignity and respect, and where service providers can work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

*Definition taken from

Staff Training

In 2015, all Library staff participated in training provided by PFLAG Durham. Subjects included Trans 101, LGBTQ 101, LGBTQ Customer Service and Cultivating Respect.

Our Collections

We have many items at the Library that are LGBTQ focused. You will find them throughout our Kids, Teen and Adult collections. They include fiction, non fiction, comics, graphic novels, audiobooks, DVDs, and electronic and downloadable resources.

Staff will be happy to assist you in finding items at any of our branches. Or, you can search our catalogue.

Community Information

There are a number of resources in Durham Region you can access. Find comprehensive information on the PFLAG Durham website.

In the News

The launch of our designation was covered in local news.

CHEX TV Channel 12

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