Library Funding Legislation

FY 2017 Appropriations

ALA continues to work for adequate levels of federal funding for a wide range of library services, including the E’s of Libraries®: Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, and Engagement for Everyone, Everywhere.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

ALA urges Members of Congress to support the education, workforce, and economic development needs of Americans by providing $186.6 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) in the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. Grants provided by LSTA are the primary source of federal funding for libraries. A majority of the LSTA funding is a population-based grant distributed to each state library agency through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). States make their own determination on how to best utilize funding for their communities.

Innovative Approaches to Literacy

ALA urges Members of Congress to maintain the investment in the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant program at the current level of $27 million in the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. IAL was authorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act and provides competitive awards to school libraries and national not-for-profit organizations, including partnerships that reach families outside of local educational agencies, for providing books and childhood literacy activities to children and families in high need communities. The program also supports parental engagement and focuses on promoting student literacy from birth through high school.

Past Appropriations

FY 2016

H.R.2029: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Became Public Law No.114-113)

  • FY 2016: Funding for LSTA was increased in FY2016 to $182.9 million, an increase over the FY2015 level of $180.9 million.

    • Grants to States received an FY2016 boost to $155.8 million ($154.8 million in FY2015).
    • Funding for Native American Library Services was raised slightly to $4.1 million ($3.9 million in FY2015).
    • National Leadership Grants for Libraries grew to $13.1 million ($12.2 million in FY2015).
    • Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian funding stayed level at $10 million.
    • Overall funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services was increased to $230 million, up slightly from $227.8 million in FY2015.
  • FY 2016: Funding for school libraries through Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) received an increase of $2 million, raising total IAL program funding in FY2016 to $27 million. At least half of such funding is dedicated to school libraries.

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