The Northeast Indiana Diversity Library (NIDL) houses the oldest LGBTQ collection in Indiana. Over 7,300 items are in the NIDL circulating collection of books and video tapes. Our archives hold local and regional LGBTQ history that ranges from articles and newsletters to pictures, t-shirts, buttons and more. The archives are precious history that would otherwise be discarded or hidden from view if it were not carefully kept and preserved in this library. In 2010 the Fort Wayne Community Educational Center Inc. voted to concentrate on becoming a library and adopted the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library as its mission.
Library Mission Statement:
The mission of the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library is to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community and its allies in the Fort Wayne and the surrounding area by acquiring, preserving and providing access to materials that embody the culture and history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, with a focus on items of local or regional interest whenever possible. Through sound management of resources our hopes are that the collection will contain the knowledge to dispel homophobia, encourage the exploration of diversity and promote personal discovery.
Our plans for the funds we raise include the following:
1. Purchase a building of 2000 to 3000 square feet 2. Do any necessary remodeling/updating so building will fit the established plan 3. Continue to expand the collection 4. Continue digitization program to preserve archive materials.
Ideally, finding a building in the 2000 to 3000 sq. ft. range will not only allow us to more effectively display our collection, but also offer meeting space, as possible, to outside groups for their meetings, as well as giving us the opportunity to grow to meet our long range goals.
For more information on the NIDL, visit our webpage at www.nidl.info.