Taking Time to Remember

On September 11, 2001, a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks were committed by members of extremist groups that targeted the United States. These acts against New York City and Washington, D.C. were the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil. That day remains one of the darkest in modern history with the indescribable tragedy of nearly 3,000 deaths.

Twenty years later, we continue to remember those that were lost, all of the inspiring stories of survival, the heroic actions of the men and women in service and the impact 9/11 had on the country. Taking time to remember means slowing down, reflecting and allowing us to process, learn and heal. However you choose to remember this tragic day, here are a few resources with details and personal stories that we will never forget.

20 Years Later: Remembering 9/11
A specially curated list of books and DVDs from the library’s collection.

9/11: Twenty Years On
Powerful news coverage, documentaries and testimonies from Access Video on Demand.

Special Reports: 9/11
A collection of news articles gathered to commemorate the events and aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Explora Databases
Research databases containing age-appropriate materials (elementary, middle and high school), images, videos and topic overviews. Search “September 11 Terrorist Attacks”

9/11 Memorial & Museum
The country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact and examining its continuing significance.

9/11 Timeline
Timeline of events on September 11 and the days afterward provided by the History Channel.

Library of Congress
One of the largest libraries in the world providing access to newspapers, web archives, photos, audio and film recordings, maps and more.

Generation 9/11
PBS documentary that explores the impact of the 9/11 tragedy through the stories of seven children who lost their fathers (available until 10-26-2021).