The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may be best known for its annual Oscars ceremony, but the organization’s work continues year-round. Its efforts to uplift the medium of cinema are aided by a team of expert librarians and archivists, tasked with preserving and sharing the history of film.

About 70 staff work at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, named for the groundbreaking librarian who went on to spend two decades as the organization’s executive director. The library’s collection includes millions of archival items, including everything from books and scripts to photographs and posters.

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All throughout National Library Week, readers, learners, and educators have been reflecting on the countless ways libraries support their communities.

The American Library Association’s #MyLibraryIs campaign invited social media users to share why they love their libraries. Here are a few of our favorite responses:

“My library is the core of our city! The amenities available help citizens get jobs, pay taxes, build bonds of community, share knowledge and ideas, invent, build, create, plant, feed, understand, learn, grow, and more! Our city wouldn’t be the same without our library!”—@AlysonGerwe

“Some of my best memories as a kid took place at the Meade County Public Library. I was just telling my hubby today about Summer...


Venerated journalist Dan Rather is a longtime supporter of libraries. His recent book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, includes a powerful chapter about libraries as “temples of learning,” where people of all backgrounds can come together to access information.

On Thursday, April 8—in honor of National Library Week and Take Action for Libraries Day—Rather will join the American Library Association, United for Libraries, and Booklist for a live conversation about What Unites Us and the value of libraries. In advance of the event, he spoke with I Love Libraries...


2020 was a year like no other—and libraries were no exception. Amid the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, libraries had to act fast, transforming their resources and services to meet the rapidly changing needs of their communities.

The American Library Association’s State of America’s Libraries Special Report: COVID-19 sheds new light on the challenges libraries faced in 2020. The picture it paints is clear: libraries never wavered in their commitment to literacy and digital access, even while battling public health threats and major budget cuts.

“Libraries also extended necessary lifelines to...

Welcome to your library. National Library Week, April 4-10,2021
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