List of Lists: An Index of Diversity Book Lists for Adults is a project funded by the American Library Association’s Carnegie-Whitney Grant. List of Lists aims to advance the vital work of promoting diverse reading materials by collecting and indexing diversity book lists for adults made by libraries and mainstream media sources. Book lists made from 2016-present are included in the index.


Our definition of diversity draws from the American Library Association’s articulation of diversity as “the critical need for access to library and information resources, services, and technologies by all people, especially those who may experience language or literacy-related barriers; economic distress; cultural or social isolation; physical or attitudinal barriers; racism; discrimination on the basis of appearance, ethnicity, immigrant status, religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression; or barriers to equal education, employment, and housing” (American Library Association, 2019).

For a detailed rationale of List of Lists’ taxonomy, please visit the taxonomy page.