October 24, 2020

Library Stabilization Fund Act Introduced in U.S. Congress, Legislation Would Establish a $2 Billion Fund to “Address Financial Losses and Bolster Library Services

From ALA:

Source: ALA

The American Library Association (ALA) praised today’s introduction of the Library Stabilization Fund Act, introduced in both chambers by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Andy Levin (D-MI), respectively. The legislation would establish a $2 billion fund, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to address financial losses and bolster library services, with priority to the hardest-hit communities. 

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Stabilization funding would support a range of library services to patrons, enabling libraries to:

  • Maintain core library services and keep nearly 370,000 library workers on the job
  • Purchase cleaning and PPE supplies and train staff for safe re-opening
  • Expand technology and services to keep millions of library users connected to the internet
  • Strengthen collections and programs to address needs such as remote learning, job skills, access to government services and early literacy

The Library Stabilization Fund Act is endorsed by the following organizations:

Association for Rural & Small Libraries
Association of Research Libraries
Brodart
Chief Officers of State Library Agencies
Common Sense Media
Council of State Archivists
Edge Consulting Partners
Follett / Baker & Taylor
International Dyslexia Association
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Center for Families Learning 
National Coalition for History
National Coalition for Literacy
National Digital Inclusion Alliance
National Humanities Alliance
National League of Cities
OverDrive, Inc.
Reading is Fundamental
Reading Recovery Council of North America
Reach Out and Read
Society of American Archivists
Urban Libraries Council

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: ALA Summary of Bill

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