Boise, Idaho (Bleacher Report) Boise, the nation’s third-largest city and home to the Idaho State Fair, will soon launch a Black owned library initiative.
Boise Public Library and Boise State University partnered on a pilot project that will allow local residents and business owners to apply to serve as black library members.
The initiative is called BlackOwned Boise, and it’s expected to be rolled out by 2021.
Boises first black library, located in the city’s historic downtown, opened in 2003.
The Black Owned Library opened the following year, and since then, Boise has been hosting Black owned and co-op libraries.
Boise’s Black owned branch library is also located downtown.
The Boise library is now home to about 25 Black owned co-ops, according to a spokesperson for the Boise City Library.
Boise has also launched a Black Owns co-operative program, which is similar to a Black own branch.
The program’s goal is to provide free and affordable access to resources for Black people and their families in the community.
Black owned libraries serve more than 2,200 Boise residents, according the Black Own Library website.