American Rescue Plan - Library Relief

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.




Share on Social

Share the news with your community! You can use our sample social media posts to let your community know about this relief package and to thank your elected officials for including library funding in the ARPA.  

Thank Congress for Keeping Libraries Strong

Send a message to your members of Congress to thank them for passing legislation that helps libraries recover from the pandemic. Remember to include your own community's story - why is this funding important, and what will it help support?


Share Your Story!


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!