School Library Funding Press Kit

School Library Funding



Good school libraries are essential to a good education!

School libraries are considered a valued resource in many communities; however, funding cuts have resulted in the loss of school librarians, materials and technology training.

Why school libraries?


If children are to be prepared for their future, they must have access to information and learn to use it in meaningful and productive ways. Recommendations of the American Library Association include:

  • All school library media programs should be adequately funded to ensure that they include up-to-date collections in both print and electronic formats.
  • All students should have the benefit of trained school librarian, who can guide them in learning to use and understand a wide variety of information sources.
  • The school library program should be integrated with classroom curriculum so that students learn to make connections between subject areas, retrieve information and think independently.



American Association of School Librarians

State of America’s Libraries Report

School Libraries Count! survey

School Library Impact Studies

Report on English Language Learners

School Libraries Work (PDF)

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries


Press Releases

AASL releases updated position statement on flexible scheduling

School librarians eagerly await response from the White House

AASL releases updated position statement on the role of the school library program

Two AASL committees turn White House petition for school libraries into teachable moment

Are school librarians endangered? Leaders share thoughts on the profession

ALA: Department of Education withdraws federal support for school libraries

ALA calls on Congress to restore support to libraries in FY2012 budget

School librarians identified as “go-to” person for digital content  

School librarians valuable resource as digital content expands


School Libraries in the News




 Map of the elimination of school library positions 

View A Nation Without School Librarians in a larger map

This map marks the cities, towns, communities, and states that have made the decision to either eliminate school library positions (indicated in blue) or require one school librarian to work with two (2) or more school library programs throughout the week (indicated in red).


Member Resources

Add It Up: School Libraries make a difference

Where School Is Cool! Frontline Advocacy for School Libraries Toolkit

Crisis Toolkit    

School Library Health and Wellness

Parent Outreach