Welcome to the ALA Action Center
On this site, you have access to the resources you'll need to contact your elected officials and advocate for your local libraries. To get started, click here to find information about your elected officials. You can also review legislation we're currently tracking or use our talking points and email templates to contact your member of Congress.
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The American Library Association's Washington Office was established in 1945 to represent libraries on Capitol Hill. The public policy and advocacy team is charged with following and influencing legislation, policy, and regulatory issues of importance to the library field and its public. ALA works to ensure that libraries are consistently involved in the legislative and policy decision-making processes by:
- Informing government of the needs and concerns of the library community;
- Providing library supporters with up-to-date information on government actions or proposals;
- Building coalitions with Washington-based representatives of other groups with similar concerns; and
- Developing grassroots networks to lobby legislators and further library interests.