American Rescue Plan
Libraries are eligible to receive an allocated portion of recovery funding as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 passed by Congress on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021. The package includes $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the largest single investment in the agency’s 25-year history, providing emergency funding for budgetary expenses brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. The package also includes billions of dollars in academic, public and school library-eligible programs, including the Emergency Education Connectivity Fund through the federal E-rate program. ALA has worked hard to ensure our nation's libraries and library workers are included in pandemic relief and recovery efforts, and we are extremely grateful to our advocates for standing up to keep #LibrariesStrong. Learn more about the funding included in the ARPA, and check out our resources to help share the news and make the case to your elected officials on why this recovery funding is so crucial to the community.
- ALA Press Release: Libraries Gain Record Increases for IMLS, E-rate in Federal Relief Plan
- Institute of Museum & Library Services: Federal Government Invests $200 Million in Libraries and Museums to Stimulate American Communities
- Bill text: H.R. 1319
- ALA 2-Pager: ARPA Library Recovery Funding Summary
- State Funding Guide: How to best obtain state-allocated funding for your library
Libraries across the country have been instrumental in helping communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Share the story of how your library has supported the community during this time - these stories are vital to ensuring libraries are supported at all levels of government. By showcasing how impactful libraries are at the community level, we can show Congress that it's essential to keep America's libraries fully-funded!