The mission of Decker Library is to empower MICA community members to make informed choices in their work and lives.

Contact Us

For General Questions, contact Access Services:

For Research Questions, contact the Librarians:

Mailing address: c/o Decker Library, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217
Location: 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

If we are successful, the library will be a hub for socially engaged artists, designers, and educators in Baltimore, creating a more equitable world. 

Our core values are

Innovative, Inclusive, Inquisitive

We provide a welcoming space for learning, inspiration, and discovery.

We are partners with faculty in student learning, specifically relating to information literacy.

We help anyone in the MICA community find what they are looking for.

We are Decker Library!

Our goals are:

  • To become a participatory library, where conversations in physical and digital spaces create knowledge that is beneficial to the MICA community.
  • To practice critical librarianship, where we help our community develop critical thinking skills, provide information literacy instruction, promote being an engaged citizen, and critique power and privilege, including developing antiracist frameworks.
  • To become a beta space that allows for the prototyping of new and iterative ideas.
  • To be in partnership with campus units to better support learning.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Globalization at Decker

We Support You

Decker Library recognizes that diversity, equity, inclusion, and internationalization are central to our role.

Through our programs, instruction, materials, and space, we actively work at creating a more equitable, diverse, and reflective place of learning at MICA.

We believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and internationalization work increases our individual and collective creativity and excellence.

We support deep engagement with developing practices and programs that promote these initiatives and strive to always do better ourselves.

Black Lives Matter at Decker

We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and others against police brutality and anti-Black racism. College and university libraries were created to uphold whiteness, be gatekeepers to information (knowledge is power after all), and otherwise participate in and perpetuate systemic racism.

At Decker we try to do whatever we can to uplift Black voices, buy from Black creators, and support our Black students, staff, faculty, and alumni. We will always work towards unpacking and shining a light on the racist practices and structures that underlie most libraries, educational institutions, and ourselves.

Take an action today, whether that is donating to bail funds or other organizations, supporting Black creators, educating yourself and your loved ones, or just practicing self-care. Please let us know if we can help you access any of the materials in our collection or beyond.