As part of the RISE Drop-In Centre, RISE maintains a Resource Library for our members. The Resource Library aims to support and strengthen positive representations of our communities as well as provide members with access to a wide variety of materials that facilitate resistance to racism. All of the hand-picked resources that are stored in our Resource Library contain a similar theme, which is the promotion of strength and personal empowerment.
The library collection includes world literature and history, anti-oppression material, bilingual books and dictionaries. There are also a number of resources that can help direct our members towards critical resources to facilitate employment, provide medical support, food bank facilities and housing services. Most of the resources were donated by members of the public.
The RISE Resource Library also runs book clubs and theoretical driving class workshops by providing the necessary resources. The impact the Resource Library has on our members is a personal one as the knowledge gained through education empowers individuals. Providing members with access to resources to further their knowledge regarding current events that impact their circumstances enables them to have a positive impact within the community.
Hours of Operation: The RISE Resource Library will be open for in-house browsing during regular RISE office hours (Monday-Friday, 11am -3pm) when there is a library volunteer/staff member present.