National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week April 19-25, 2020: Find Your Place at the Library

Thanks to Honorary Chair Melinda Gates and everyone who participated for a great National Library Week 2019!

Check back soon for more information about National Library Week 2020.

About National Library Week

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious.  They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life." 

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"  The 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event.

Read more about the 60-year history of National Library Week at American Libraries magazine, and check out the list of past National Library Week themes.

Future National Library Week dates:

2021: April 5-9

Questions? Contact campaign@ala.org.


Libraries Transform

Join ALA's Libraries Transform public awareness campaign for year-round access to public awareness tools and tips.

 


Library Champions, Investing in America's Libraries
Thank you to ALA Library Champions for supporting ALA’s efforts in raising public awareness for libraries and librarians.

 


Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Thank you to Dollar General Literacy Foundation for funding The American Dream Starts @ your library program.