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NIDL LogoThis Library houses the oldest GLBT collection in Indiana.  Over 6,600 items are in the NIDL circulating collection of books and video tapes.  Our archives hold local and regional GLBT 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. The NIDL's claim to being the "Oldest GLBT Collection In Indiana" can be found on our history article below.  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.

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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.
 
Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer positions to help out at the library are available.  Please email with "Volunteer " in the subject line.

Contact:
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Scott Mertz--Advisor/Director
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Donations:  

NIDL shares the Fort Wayne Community Educational Centers' 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible.  Make checks out to "NIDL" and mail them to the address below.  We need your support to the Library at this time which is crucial for the preservation of our GLBT library and for the library's future.  Please, won't you consider giving a tax-deductable gift of support so that this library will not be lost to our community?   The library also warmly welcomes donations of  materials.

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NIDL
P. O. Box 5537
Fort Wayne, IN  46895

Major Funding Support

Major Funding and Support has been provided by:

 

NIDL's presence on the IPFW Campus is a IPFW LOGOcollaboration between the Fort Wayne Community Educational Center, Inc., IPFW, and the Walter E. Helmke Library.  The Helmke Library and other departments provide space and environment to NIDL and in exchange see the collection as a support to curriculum in areas of sexuality, psychology and civil rights to name a few.

 

 

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The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is the realization of the vision of leaders three-quarters of a century ago. Many donors have helped the Community Foundation grow to become a major philanthropic asset in the community.  For NIDL the Foundation has supported our parent agency (the Fort Wayne Community Educational Center Inc.) in good times and bad including grants to automate our circulation and more.  The Foundation also holds assets of the FWCEC which can be grown by donations in various types of giving including Matching funds and Charitable Gift Annuities

 

Corporate Funding: 

 

The NIDL is appreciative of companies who support their staff, customers and their families in our local community. 
Macys logoMacy's has had a long standing commitment of support to diversity.  Macy's has a program of regional grants to non-profits in the communities of their stores.  The grant of $2,500.00 will help the NIDL's work in providing access materials to the Fort Wayne, LGBT community and preserving the local LGBT history and culture.

 

 

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       The General Motors Foundation spent time Thursday morning, October 15th, cutting some big checks to a number of local organizations, as part of its 2015 Plant City Grants.  The NIDL was one of 13 local non-profit organizations selected to receive a monetary donation that for all totaled $130,000. The grants given ranged anywhere from $4,000 to $50,000 each. Money was raised throughout the year by donations made by GM employees.  The Northeast Indiana Diversity Library received  $6,000 for program support.  For the NIDL it means helping with support of the Library and preservation of materials in the archives.

 

 

 

Donations:

NIDL shares the Fort Wayne Community Educational Centers' 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible.  Make checks out to "NIDL" and mail them to the address below or click the links above on this page to see other ways of giving.  We need your support to the Library at this time which is crucial for the preservation of our GLBT library and for the library's future.  Please, won't you consider giving a tax-deductable gift of support so that this library will not be lost to our community?  The library also warmly welcomes donations of  materials.

Please use the Paypal button or mail directly to the new address...
NIDL
P. O. Box 5537
Fort Wayne, IN  46895

 

 

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We are excited to announce the launch of AmazonSmile. Now when you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Fort Wayne Community Educational Center! AmazonSmile is simple and automatic. (Remember to lookup Fort Wayne Community Educational Center NOT NIDL)

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NIDL History

NIDL Logo WhiteThe Northeast Indiana Diversity Library (NIDL) is both a free-lending library of over 6300 circulating items and an archive of local and regional gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) history. The Diversity Library, with the help of volunteers, serves over 730 registered patrons who come from all over the Northeast Indiana region and surrounding states. NIDL is supported mainly through donations, fundraisers and grants.

NIDL's claim to being the "Oldest GLBT Collection In Indiana" starts in 1978 when Kent Neuhouser offered to design a check-out system for two shelves of books in the social room of the Open Door Chapel on Leith Street. In September 1982 the Gay and Lesbian Task Fource organization changed their name to GLO and Open Door Chapel collaborated to start a community center with a resource center. The Center was above the gay/lesbian bookstore called Rainbows of Life in a building at 305 W. Jefferson in Fort Wayne, IN and was christened Up The Stairs Community Center. Kent Neuhouser and Deb Overcash began operating the Up The Stairs Community Center Archives & Resource Library (UTS library) at that time with donations from both the bookstore downstairs and people in the community.

UTSCC LogoIn 1984 the lease was lost for that building and for a year the Center was running out of the First Presbyterian Church. During 1985 when the Center found the property at 3426 Broadway in Fort Wayne, where it is still located, the Center filed for and obtained a 501(c)(3) or not-for-profit tax registration certificate under the name of Fort Wayne Community Educational Center Inc. doing-business-as (dba) the Up The Stairs Community Center. From 1985 to 1997 the UTS Library was in a small upstairs back bedroom of the Center on a more or less self-serve basis.

Early in 1997 Scott Mertz was approached to start an advisory board and work on reopening the library in a larger room of the Center. The new Library Advisor Board met on July 22nd and included Greg Kroemer (UTSCC Board Liaison), Scott Mertz and Mary Voors who was an early GLO officer and assisted the library founders in starting the library. A major goal for the Advisory Board and it's policy development was to increase access to the 600 book collection plus archives through electronic cataloging, volunteer staffing and collection development. The UTS Library reopened in the newly repainted room on April 19th 1998 for National Library Week and by February 1999 the Library began circulating materials by computer.

The circulating collection includes sections of books for children, young adults (teens), and adults both in fiction and non-fiction as well as videos and music CDs. The non-fiction sections include arts, biographies, health, political-psychological-social, spirituality and travel. Through one donation in 2000 the Health section was upgraded not only to include AIDS; HIV books but books on holistic health, cancer, stress management, assertiveness and teen health. Periodicals/magazines are considered part of the archives and do not circulate -- scanner copies are available on request for a fee. The inventory and circulation of items and patrons are tracked on computer and a second computer is available as a catalog or for word processing. Books are loaned for a month period and CDs and videos are loaned for a period of one week with a dropbox available each day at least from 7 to 9 PM. The archives include an assortment of mementos as well as three filling cabinets of vertical file type materials.

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About the former UTSCC

Up The Stairs Community Center
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Up The Stairs Community Center served as a meeting place and safe haven for the GLBT community in and around Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The center was open to any non-profit GLBT-supportive groups for their activities.  In addition, there were center-sponsored activities, projects and events designed to meet the needs of the GLBT community not being met by other individuals and organizations.  A self-appointing board oversaw the center. 

UTSCC history timeline:
1982 -- UTSCC opens in August in it's second floor location at 305 West Jefferson above Rainbows of Life Bookstore.  Gay/Lesbian Organization (GLO) and Open Door Chapel are it's first tenants.  Organizations Later, the Gay/Lesbian Helpline and the Gay/Lesbian Resource Center & Archives set up at the center.
1985 -- UTSCC moves to temporary quarters in the Chapel Lounge of First Presbyterian Church on October 1st.
1986--  UTSCC moves to it's 3426 Broadway location on June 1st.House on Broadway
1997-- UTSCC's Horizons Youth Group established; Rainbow Reader's first issue published in June.
1998 -- UTSCC Archives and Resource Library formally re-opens on April 19th with material donated from the earlier Archives/Resource Center; Bisexual Discussion Group started; first Pride Festival held at Freimann Square.
1999-- Board membership positions increased to up to 15; Social Action Committee started.
2002-- UTSCC takes possession of 514 E. Washington Boulevard on February 8th and moves in July 13th. 

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2009-- UTSCC closes it's doors on April 1st. The center's library goes into storage.

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