National Library Legislative Day

Join hundreds of library advocates for the American Library Association’s 45th National Library Legislative Day in 2020!

Held in Washington, D.C., National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day educational event designed to provide attendees the opportunity to learn from policy experts and raise awareness among federal legislators about how and why libraries are vital to communities across America.

Day One: Monday, May 4

Library professionals, information experts, and library supporters across our nation will gather for a full day of training at historic Georgetown University to:

  • Learn about the most pressing legislative priorities for libraries
  • Prepare to make the most of your meetings on Capitol Hill
  • Exchange tips and best practices with other library advocates

Day Two: Tuesday, May 5

Advocates put their training and skills to work on Capitol Hill with their state delegations during meetings with elected officials.

Registration and Housing

NLLD is open to the public, and anyone who is passionate about libraries is welcome to attend, regardless of their level of advocacy experience. Whether you are fresh out of library school or a longtime library board member, a new advocate or an experienced defender of library interests, NLLD is for you. Registration and hotel information is forthcoming.

New Venue

To accommodate the growing number of NLLD attendees, the new NLLD venue at the Georgetown University Conference Center provides allotted breakout spaces for state delegation meetings and a more affordable room rate.


ALA offers a scholarship opportunity to one first-time, non-librarian participant at National Library Legislative Day. Recipients of the annual White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) Award receive a stipend of $300 and two free nights at the confernece hotel. For more information and to submit an application, visit the NLLD Funding & Scholarship Opportunities page.

Advocate at Home

Can't make it to NLLD in person? Sign up to participate virtually via the from below. To receive action alerts and updates on policy issues related to the library field, sign up to be an ALA Advocate. We will email you about opportunities to take action on timely issues.

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