Value of Libraries

Declaration for the Right to Libraries

A component of 2013-2014 ALA President Elect Barbara Stripling's presidential initiative, entitled Libraries Change Lives, focused on increasing public understanding of the value of libraries.  The Declaration for the Right to Libraries serves as a strong public statement about the value of libraries for individuals, communities, and our nation.

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

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 recieve 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.

Libraries Matter: Research on Library Impacts

This portal combines the links to the talking points and research advocates can use to make the case for libraries at every stage of youth development and education—the “Add It Up!” resource, developed by the Office for Library Advocacy—with similar material for libraries in general, plus the popular “Return on Investment” (ROI) bibliography. The research is tagged by type of library, geographical area, and “impact”—economic, educational or literacy, or social.

Library Value Calculator

How valuable is your local library? Use this handy Library Value Calculator, created by the Massachusetts Library Association. Zip file also available to customize and install on your site (Excel and HTML/Javascript versions included)

Cultivating Your Local Notables

What's in a face?  A toolkit for cultivating your local notables for library advocacy.

Our Authors, Our Advocates

Authors are natural allies of libraries. Especially in these challenging times, they understand the key role that libraries and library staff play in the economic, social and educational fabric of our nation. Learn    more: www.ilovelibraries.org/ourauthorsouradvocates.

quoteable facts about America's librariesQuotable Facts about America's Libraries 
One of ALA's most recognizable advocacy tools has been updated with current research and a new “Technology Trends” section. These wallet-sized fold-out cards are packed with clever quotes to help you make the case for libraries.


cover of American Libraries issue on the State of America's Libraries 2013State of America's Libraries Report 2013
The State of America’s Libraries Report documents trends in library usage and details the impact of library budget cuts, technology use and the various other challenges facing U.S. libraries.