Strengthening Our Democratic Values: NYPL's Three Pillars

The majority of Americans today believe our democracy is facing serious challenges. But 67% want to increase their civic responsibility—and NYPL, as a nonpartisan and trusted institution, is uniquely positioned to encourage participation in our society, through an engagement strategy focused on three pillars.

• Foster civic knowledge by creating opportunities to learn about civic privileges and responsibilities while developing critical analysis skills.

• Nurture civic attitudes by fostering broader community-mindedness, support for civic life, and trust in public institutions.

• Encourage civic behavior by providing opportunities to participate in discourse and meaningfully engage with other community members.