As Congress works to draft additional COVID-19 stimulus legislation, library advocates across the country are calling for libraries to be included in the funding package.
Last week, Reps. Andy Levin (D-MI), Don Young (R-AK), and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) circulated a letter in the House calling for $2 billion in emergency funding for libraries through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This week, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are circulating a similar Dear Colleague letter in the Senate. funding would be available through the Library Services and Technology Act grants to states program, ensuring that libraries everywhere will have access to support.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, America’s libraries have remained strong, continuing to serve their communities even after closing their doors to the public. Remote library services during the pandemic include loaning electronic resources like eBooks and audiobooks, hosting virtual programs and storytimes, providing digital reference assistance, and expanding free Wi-Fi access in their local areas. Stimulus funding would empower libraries to continue supporting their communities during these challenging times.
Email your Senators today and urge them to sign the Dear Colleague letter supporting America’s libraries.