National Library Week

National Library Week 2022: Connect with your Library

Thank you to 2021 National Library Week Honorary Chair Natalie Portman and everyone who participated!

The theme for National Library Week 2022 (April 3-9) is "Connect with your Library." Sign up for the Libraries Transform newsletter or visit this page in the future for updates.

 

About National Library Week


National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious.  They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life." 

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"  The 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event.

Read more about the history of National Library Week at American Libraries magazine, and check out the list of past National Library Week themes.

Future National Library Week dates:

2023: April 23-29
2024: April 7-13, 2024
 
Questions? Contact campaign@ala.org.
 

National Library Week is made possible by:


Libraries Transform

Join ALA's Libraries Transform public awareness campaign for year-round access to public awareness tools and tips.

 


Library Champions, Investing in America's Libraries
Thank you to ALA Library Champions for supporting ALA’s efforts in raising public awareness for libraries and librarians.

 


Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Thank you to Dollar General Literacy Foundation for funding The American Dream Starts @ your library program.