State and Local Resources

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Visit this searchable and comprehensive collection of advocacy resources from across ALA.

ALA engages with a national network of partners to strengthen libraries of all types and build stronger communities across the country. The Public Policy and Advocacy Office coordinates those efforts at the state and local level in collaboration with other ALA offices and divisions, state chapters, affiliates and grassroots library supporters, in accordance with the association's state & local protocol


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State Chapters

ALA works with state chapters to amplify the voices of local advocates, and offers advocacy software that connects library supporters with legislators and decision-makers at all levels of government. Visit ALA Chapters for information about our 57 state and regional associations. 

Committee on Library Advocacy

The Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA) is ALA's member group that advises on and advances the work of state and local advocacy. COLA also has an Ecosystem Subcommittee that guides ALA's State Ecosystem Initiative.

Federal Policy and Advocacy

Visit ALA's Federal Resources page for information about ALA's national policy and advocacy work.


For additional information, contact:

Megan Murray Cusick
Assistant Director, State Advocacy
mcusick@ala.org