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Antiracism: A Resource Guide: Reading Lists

Demand for Anti-Racist Books

Jeannine Cook, owner of Harriet's Bookshop  Jazzie McGilbert, bookstore owner

eBooks Available through Cañada Library


A Note about the Reading LIsts

Lists of books and other resources relating to race, racism and antiracism are popping up everywhere.  The quantity of available materials is enormous and the content of these lists may overlap.  On this page, we have included a sampling of lists by a variety of authors and organizations. While we trust these sources, we cannot vet every title.

Terms for Library Searching

Keyword Search Terms for Finding Articles & Books --

from the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)


  • Main Term(s): racism, race relations

  • Related Terms: interpersonal relations, social problems, multiculturalism

  • Broader Terms: discrimination, prejudice

  • Narrower Terms: race discrimination, indigenous peoples, minorities, implicit bias, white privilege



Question: Why isn't "white privilege" a Library of Congress subject heading?

This research guide by Santa Clara University Library explains "How Subject Heading Bias Occurs."

Access to Books & More from PLS

More resources are available from the public libraries in San Mateo CountyAll SMCCD student, staff, or faculty are eligible for a free PLS library card, whether or not you live in the County.  You can search the catalog, request curbside pickup of books and download e-books and e-audiobooks through Overdrive, Libby or Axis 360.  Libraries also give free access to selected databases, e-magazines and streaming services like Hoopla and Kanopy.

Black History

Lists from Around the Country

Lists from Area Libraries