Library Snapshot Day: A Day in the Life of Your Library

Snapshot Day Library Snapshot Day provides a way for libraries of all types across a state, region, system or community to show what happens in a single day in their libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? This initiative provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos and stories that will enable library advocates to prove the value of their libraries to decision-makers and increase public awareness.



Library Snapshot Day Primer: a step-by-step guide on creating your own Library Snapshot Day.

Snapshot Days by State. See examples from around the nation.

Talk to others about Library Snapshot Day. Visit our ALA Connect page for information sharing, tips, questions and ideas.


03/30/11 -- featuring Peggy Cadigan and Rob Banks. View content.

12/19/11 -- featuring Craig Seasholes, Washington Library Media Assn. (hear recording) and Ashlee Clark and Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, State Library of Ohio  (hear recording). View content.

Planning your own Snapshot Day?

If you're planning to host your own snapshot day, please help ALA make the case for what happens in libraries across the country in a single day! It's easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Let ALA Know! If you are interested in hosting a Snapshot Day, or if you have already hosted one and would like to tell us about it, please contact Joaquin Falcon, ALA Office for Library Advocacy, or Michael Dowling, Director of the ALA Chapter Relations Office. 
  2. Visit the Library Snapshot Day Primer  to get you started. If possible, please use some or all of these criteria as part of the information you gather. Although the main purpose of Library Snapshot Day is to help libraries at the state and local level, ALA would like to translate statewide results into national results that can be used for national media and advocacy efforts. View a recording of the archived Library Snapshot Day webinar from March 30, 2011.
  3. Send ALA your results! Please fill out this form (Word document or PDF) and help ALA compile information about what happens in libraries across the country in a single day. Once complete, you can email the form to or fax it to (312) 280.3255, attention Office for Library Advocacy.

More about Library Snapshot Day

The concept originated in New Jersey as a joint effort between the New Jersey Library Assn. and the New Jersey State Library. Soon after, many states began emulating the effort. At the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group, in conjunction with the Chapter Relations Committee and COSLA, agreed to take this initiative to a national level, asking that states across the country find a date to conduct their own Library Snapshot Day.