About This Journal

Focus and Scope

Urban Library Journal (ULJ) is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal that addresses urban libraries and librarianship in relation to city environments. Formerly known as Urban Academic Librarian, ULJ is a published by the Library Association of the City University of New York in collaboration with the Office of Library Services.

ULJ invites scholarly submissions that speak to urban librarianship as it relates to topics in urban studies, higher education (with emphasis on public higher education), public and academic library collaboration, community outreach and programming, social justice, critical race studies, gender and work, sexuality and identity within librarianship, technology and privacy issues, or other topics. Please contact the editors with general questions or recommendations for columns and special issues.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online on a rolling basis, and will be collected into issues twice per year.

Open Access Policy

Urban Library Journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. In order to lower barriers to publication for authors, Urban Library Journal does not charge submission or any other form of author fees.

Copyright and Licenses

As a condition of publication in Urban Library Journal, all authors agree to the following terms of licensing/copyright ownership:

  • First publication rights to original work accepted for publication is granted to Urban Library Journal but copyright for all work published in the journal is retained by the author(s).
  • Works published in Urban Library Journal will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). By granting a CC-BY license in their work, authors retain copyright ownership of the work, but they give explicit permission for others to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the work, as long as the original source and author(s) are properly cited (i.e. a complete bibliographic citation and link to the ULJ website).
  • Authors may enter into separate, additional contractual agreements for the non-exclusive distribution of the published version of the work, with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in Urban Library Journal.

It will be the responsibility of the authors to secure all necessary copyright permissions for the use of 3rd-party materials in their manuscript. Authors will be required to provide written evidence of this permission upon acceptance of their manuscript.


LACUNY and Urban Library Journal gratefully acknowledge its sponsor, the Office of Library Services at CUNY Central.


Portions of this website are adapted from the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, with the permission of the editors.