Legislative Alerts
December 16, 2020

ALA Advocacy Alert: Tell Congress to pass emergency relief funding for libraries today!

A bicameral group of legislators introduced the Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020, and the bill includes $200 million in direct library broadband funding. Your swift advocacy has brought libraries one step closer to providing broadband access for millions of Americans.
We urge you to continue taking action to ensure this relief bill is passed, and the $200 million in emergency funding for library broadband is secured.
If lawmakers fail to pass the bill before the end of the year, this proposed funding will be lost.

Tell your legislators to pass the Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020 to secure emergency broadband relief funding for libraries and library workers. Please use this ALA link: Take Action Now or post a message to your elected leaders (such as the sample tweet below) on social media: [[email protected]/Rep] Please pass the Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020 to help libraries close the #ConnectivityGap. #LibrariesStrong

 
 
July 8, 2020

Co-Sponsors Needed 

Representative Andy Levin (D-MI) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) are sponsoring legislation calling for $2 billion in emergency recovery funding for America's libraries through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Library Stabilization Fund Act would allow libraries across the country to retain staff, maintain services, and safely keep communities connected and informed. This funding would provide: 

  • $1.7 billion to be distributed to libraries through state library agencies based on state population, with a minimum of $10 million to each state 

  • $45 million in grants to Tribal libraries 

  • $200 million in competitive grants to strengthen library services to communities most affected by COVID-19 

  • $40 million for IMLS to administer grants and conduct research and data collection related to the impacts of COVID-19 

Please help us by emailing your legislators and asking them to cosponsor this bill.
 
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