Fund Libraries Campaign

It's time to take action - it's time to #FundLibraries! 


It's time to take action to #FundLibraries in Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25)! With the release of the President's proposed FY 25 budget and the launch of Dear Appropriator letters in Congress, the annual funding process has begun. Learn more about the campaign and spread the word with our tools and resources below!

Each year, as the kick-off of #FundLibraries, ALA's Public Policy and Advocacy Office works with congressional staff to produce and circulate "Dear Appropriator" letters in Congress, addressed to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, requesting funding amounts for federal programs that support libraries. The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding supports libraries of all kinds through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and its grant programs, including direct-to-state grants. The Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) funding supports school libraries through the Department of Education. The circulation of these letters marks the first and most influential nationwide advocacy action on the federal budget in any given year. This year, the letters are being led by Senator Jack Reed (RI), Rep. Don Bacon (NE-2), Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-7), and Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-2).

We need your support: Take action and urge your members of Congress to sign on in support of library funding requests. In every community, in every state, in every part of this country, patrons rely on library services supported by this critical funding. Take action and help preserve and expand this funding and the services it supports!

Congressional Signature History

Have your Senators signed on to support library funding for FY24?

Check below to see if your Senators signed the LSTA and IAL letters.

Has your Representative signed on in support of library funding for FY24?

Check below to see if your Representative signed the LSTA and IAL letters.

Appropriations Fact Sheets & Resources

State-level Funding factsheet preview

Download a handy one-pager of your state's IMLS funding history and library facts. Need more specific examples? Check out the full IMLS grant database!

Appropriations Pathway Preview

Download our Appropriations pathway for advocates to learn more about how the Appropriations process works.

FY25 Federal funding one-pager

Invite members of Congress to visit your library. Check out these tips for organizing a virtual or in-person visit, and download this one-page introduction to Federal funding to share with them on the visit.

Share the Campaign - Share Your Story!

Spread the word about #FundLibraries on social media and share the impact of IMLS funding in your library or state. Remember to tag your posts with #FundLibraries.

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Past "Dear Appropriator" Letters

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