The Need

According to the 2017 GLSEN Maryland School Climate survey, just over half of Maryland students say they have access to LGBTQ-related library resources at school.


Just 24% of Maryland students say they were taught positive representations of LGBTQ people, history, or events at school. A collection of texts that positively represent LGBTQ+ characters and historical figures is critical for any school to be an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students and those with LGBTQ+ family members.

The Plan

Thanks to the leadership of GLSEN Maryland, in spring 2021, Rainbow Library Maryland will send LGBTQ+ affirming text sets to 60 schools and libraries across Maryland - for free.

Any full-time staff member at a Maryland K-12 school or public library is welcome to request a Rainbow Library. All types of K-12 schools are eligible: district, magnet, charter, and independent.


Each school that applies will be eligible for one Rainbow Library set, which contains 10 LGBTQ+ affirming grade-aligned books, as well as posters and supplemental resources. School-aged readers are encouraged to submit Rainbow Reader Reviews about Rainbow Library books through the Rainbow Library website. 

At the Maryland Rainbow Reader Summit, youth, families, librarians, and school staff will virtually come together from across the state to hear from an author of an LGBTQ affirming book, get to know area LGBTQ organizations, and win prizes. Readers who had submitted top-quality Rainbow Reader Reviews about Rainbow Library books in advance of the event are recognized with awards at the event.

Request a Rainbow Library for Your Maryland School or Library

Sponsor the Rainbow Library Maryland

It will cost $10,000 to launch the Rainbow Library Community Reads Project in Maryland in spring 2021. The Rainbow Library is entirely volunteer-driven, so all funds are directed toward the program’s costs.

Rainbow Library sponsors will be recognized behind the covers of all 600 books mailed out to participating Maryland schools and libraries. Sponsors will also be listed on the Rainbow Library posters that come with the collections, and on this website.

Sponsorship levels are as follows:

Platinum Sponsor -  $8,000 and up

Gold Sponsor - $5,000 and up

Silver Sponsor - $3,000 and up

Bronze Sponsor - $1,500 and up

To learn more about becoming a sponsor for the Rainbow Library Maryland, email

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GLSEN Connecticut
P.O. Box 207
New Haven, CT 06501

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