Defend Library Funding: A Call-to-Action for Libraries
and the People Who Love Them

The White House budget proposes to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and cut $186.6 million in federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the only direct federal library funding.

Gale, a Cengage company, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) and other publishers, has initiated an advocacy campaign highlighting the educational and economic value of libraries, in order to gain legislator support of library funding.

We invite you to join the effort.

UPDATE 6/23/17

One Step Closer to Ensuring Federal Library Funding

Two months of advocacy efforts culminated on May 25, 2017. Thanks to the thousands of calls and emails sent by library advocates, like you, an overwhelming number of members of Congress have gone on record to support federal library funding. We must thank those in Congress who support libraries before the next phase of federal budget deliberation begins.


House of Representatives

For the most up-to-date information and to learn what other actions you can take to advocate on behalf of libraries, visit the ALA Washington office’s District Dispatch blog


Additional Information:

For background information on the educational and economic value of libraries, the impact of the proposed funding cuts, and additional ways to help, visit the links below: