ALA works to preserve and increase all current levels of federal funding. The majority of federal library program funds are distributed through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through state grants and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) per a population‐based formula with a state match. The Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant program from the U.S. Department of Education supports school libraries and non-profit literacy organizations working to improve reading skills at the most critical early years of a child's development.
ALA urges Members of the 115th Congress to:
- Fund the LSTA program at $186.6 million for FY18 and FY19. States determine for themselves the best use of LSTA funds, which support numerous initiatives, such as: statewide database access, computer instruction, summer reading, digitization, access to e‐books and adaptive technology, and bookmobiles among many others.
- Maintain level funding for the IAL program at $27 million for FY18 and FY19. IAL is the primary source of funding for school literacy programs.
- Oppose the FY18 and FY19 budget proposals to eliminate IMLS, LSTA, IAL, Title IV Part A, and other vital library programs.
In addition to advocating for LSTA and IAL funds, ALA communicates to Congress about the importance of funding federal libraries, like the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Libraries, the National Agricultural Library, and the National Library of Medicine. We also lobby for increases for adult education and literacy and look for opportunities for libraries of all kinds to become involved in education programs like those for early childhood education.
Key Communications (2016 - 2018)
- Coalition Letter to the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee regarding FY 2019 funding for the Census Bureau (June 4, 2018)
- Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittees on the Legislative Branch regarding funding for the Library of Congress and Government Publishing Office (April 17, 2018)
- Testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Legislative Branch regarding funding for the Library of Congress and Government Publishing Office (April 16, 2018)
- Letter from four library organizations to the House and Senate Subcommittees on Legislative Branch Appropriations re: grantmaking study to Federal Depository Libraries (April 6, 2018)
- Letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committees about FY 2018 Library Funding (February 22, 2018)
- Coalition Letter to Congress about preserving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (November 13, 2017)
- Coalition Statement to House Appropriations Committee re: Funding the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Program (SSAEG) at $1.65 billion (July 11, 2016)
- Letter to Senate Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations Opposing Inclusion of Library of Congress Subject Heading Provision in Legislative Branch Appropriations Legislation or Report (May 18, 2016)
- Letter to House Appropriations Committee Requesting Removal of “Library of Congress Classification” Language from Legislative Branch Appropriations Legislation (April 28, 2016)
- Coalition Letter to House and Senate Subcommittees on LHHS Appropriations re: rejecting administration’s FY 2017 proposal to eliminate Impact Aid Federal Properties (April 26, 2016)
- Testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on LHHS, Education, and Related Agencies (April 15, 2016)
- Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on LHHS, Education, and Related Agencies (April 15, 2016)
- Coalition Letters to House and Senate Appropriations LHHS Subcommittees Requesting Robust Funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG), found in Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (March 17, 2016)
- Coalition Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees Urging as High a Funding Level as Possible for FY 2017 Labor-HHS 302(b) Allocations (February 22, 2016)
- Press Release ALA disappointed at White House budget cut to state grants to libraries (February 9, 2016)
Staff Contact Information
Deputy Director, Washington Office
- FY 2019 Senate Letter on LSTA (April 13, 2018)
- FY 2019 Senate Letter on IAL (April 13, 2018)
- FY 2019 House Letter on LSTA (March 19, 2018)
- FY 2019 House Letter on IAL (March 19, 2018)
- FY 2018 Senate Letter on LSTA (May 25, 2017)
- FY 2018 Senate Letter on IAL (May 25, 2017)
- FY 2018 House Letter on LSTA (April 6, 2017
- FY 2018 House Letter on IAL (April 6, 2017)
- FY 2017 House Letters on IAL and LSTA
- FY 2017 Senate Letters on IAL and LSTA
- FY 2016 House Letter on LSTA (March 24, 2016)
- FY 2016 House Letter on IAL (March 24, 2016)
- FY 2016 Senate Letter on LSTA (March 17, 2016)
- FY 2016 Senate Letter on IAL (March 17, 2016)
- Appropriations on District Dispatch