Issue Background

Appropriations

Our Goal:

Maintain current levels of federal funding for a wide range of job training, citizenship, literacy, business support, children’s, technology access and training, “e-government” and other vital programs and services provided to library patrons in virtually every city and community in America.

The majority of federal library program funds are distributed through the Institute of Museum and Library Services to each state. The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is part of the annual Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. Also, the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant program from the U.S. Department of Education supports school libraries and non-profit literacy organizations working to improve reading skills at the most critical early years of a child’s development. While the majority of funding for libraries comes from state and local sources, federal funding provides critical assistance, giving libraries across the country the financial support they need to serve their communities.

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