General Guides


Website: Public Library Association


Through tools, training, and education, PLA is committed to providing you with information and resources to help you become an even better advocate for your library.

The Advocacy Action Plan Workbook

PDF: American Library Association


A great starting resource for anyone who needs to create an advocacy plan for your library or your community.

Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

Website: American Library Association

Section of ALA website dedicated to advocacy issues.

ALA Office for Library Advocacy

Website: American Library Association

The Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of advocates seeking to improve libraries of all types by developing resources, a peer-to-peer advocacy network, and training for advocates at the local, state, and national level.

Everyday Advocacy

Website: Association for Library Service to Children

Everyday Advocacy, an initiative of the Association for Library Service to Children, provides advocacy resources for libraries.


Website: EveryLibrary

EveryLibrary helps secure funding for libraries at the ballot box. They train, coach, and consult with library communities on "Information Only" and "Vote Yes" campaigns.

From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018

Website: OCLC

Findings of the partnership between OCLC and PLA which investigated current perceptions and support among US voters and how they may have shifted since the 2008 report, Awareness to Funding: a Study of Library Support.

ilovelibraries: Your Voice Counts

Website: American Library Association

Initiative of the American Library Association that has a large section with many resources about how to create an advocacy plan, set goals, get organized, deliver your message, target your audience, lobby, and much more.

Library Advocacy Toolkit, January 23, 2012

Article: Library Connect

Full of links to resources which will help you plan an advocacy campaign, create talking points during a campaign, and market your library.

Library Advocacy Unshushed

Massive Open Online Class: University of Toronto

Become a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, passionate, and unshushed!

Public Libraries Online

Website: Public Library Association

Public Libraries Online, a publication of PLA, allows you to search for the advocacy tag throughout all past issues.

Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement, September 18, 2018

Webinar: WebJunction

Consultant Carla Lehn teaches you how to harness the power of skilled volunteers in your community. She also shares success stories of innovative volunteer engagement in libraries of all sizes and budgets.

Value of Libraries

How People Fit Libraries Into Their Lives, March 30, 2017

Article: Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center article about how people have shifted to the mindset of lifelong learners and the implications for librarians.

Pew Research Center: Libraries

Website: Pew Research Center

A list of previous findings by Pew Research Center about libraries.

The Secret Mission That People Yearn to Have Libraries Address, April 3, 2017

Article: Pew Research Center

This Pew Research Center article details the role of libraries and librarians assisting people for trustworthy information and lifelong learning.

Return on Investment Resources

ROI Calculator

Website: Ohio Library Council

2017 ROI Calculator.