The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.) distributes books on contemporary art and culture to public schools, libraries, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide, free of charge. D.U.C. books create access the arts and literacy these institutions could not otherwise afford to acquire. To date, the D.U.C. has placed over 400,000 free books in 7,173 public institutions across the country. Visit our distribution map
In 2016, the D.U.C. celebrates Glenn Ligon by distributing free art books in his name.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
If you are a public school or library and define your community as underserved, you are eligible to receive free D.U.C. books. We invite participating libraries to order books from our catalog once annually. Your library may order as many books as you like at one copy per title.
Please browse our catalog and select materials according to the interests and needs of your community. Our catalog is organized by artist, publisher, and theme: we hope these guides will facilitate your search. We also encourage you to use the educational guides available in our journal to assist in incorporating books into classroom curricula and library programming. To place your order, please follow the link at the bottom right of the catalog. You will be prompted to log in or create an account, and follow the links to submit your order. You may expect to receive books within 4-8 weeks of your order.
Branch libraries may participate independently or through their main library. All items received from the D.U.C. must be cataloged in your library's holdings and made available to all patrons. Please contact us with any questions regarding how you might best activate these resources: we are happy to help.
HOW TO DONATE
If you are a publisher, museum, gallery, university, or other cultural institution and wish to contribute books, please email us with your interest and a list of available materials. We welcome donations of materials on contemporary art and related fields, including books, exhibition catalogs, journals, and DVDs. We generally ask for a minimum donation of 30 copies per title. All donations are tax-deductible at their current retail value.
The Poulin Project distributes the work of hundreds of contemporary writers and poets published by New York State independent presses to public schools, libraries, prisons, and alternative education centers throughout New York State, free of charge. Books are distributed in box sets of approximately 50 titles to 50 public institutions each year, making available 17,500 free books to 348 New York institutions since the project's inception in 2007. The project is an ongoing collaboration with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).