National Library Outreach Day

 

National Library Outreach Day Logo

 

National Library Outreach Day (formerly National Bookmobile Day) celebrates library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are. Whether it's a bookmobile stop at the local elementary school, services provided to community homes, or library pop-ups at community gatherings, these services are essential to the community. Each year, National Library Outreach Day is celebrated on the Wednesday of National Library Week. In 2021, National Library Outreach Day was Wednesday, April 7. National Library Outreach Day in 2022 will be April 6, 2022. 

National Library Outreach Day is an opportunity for library advocates to make their support known—through thanking library staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.

National Library Outreach Day is coordinated by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

 

Get Involved

  • Meet your patrons where they are! Provide flyers for patrons on all of the library's outreach services
  • Submit a blog post to appear on the Intersections blog post about your library's outreach services during a pandemic
  • Share a photo or video of your library in the community
  • Connect with us on social media using #LibraryOutreachDay
  • Participate in the Virtual Bookmobile Parade 
  • Share a virtual tour of your outreach vehicle with your patrons and ALA

2021 Materials

2021 Publicity Templates

Resources

Social Media 

Use the hashtag, #LibraryOutreachDay to talk outreach!

Available on the ALA Store: This eye-catching pin as an excellent way to celebrate National Library Outreach Day.

Contact Information

For general inquiries about National Library Outreach Day, please contact the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services at 800.545.2433  x4294, or email diversity@ala.org

Reporters

To learn more about the key issues facing libraries and their outreach services and to talk to an ALA spokesperson, please contact:

Macey Morales
Deputy Director 
Communications and Marketing Office
312-280-4393
mmorales@ala.org

Steve Zalusky 
Communications Specialist 
Communications and Marketing Office
312-280-1546
szalusky@ala.org