Historic Win for Libraries: Thank your Members of Congress!

Thank your legislator for passing the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Together, we have made history! Libraries gained $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) when Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). This is the single largest increase in funding for IMLS in the agency's 25-year history. In addition, libraries are eligible for billions more in federal relief funding, including the new $7 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund through the FCC's E-rate program, which President Biden is expected to sign by March 14. 

The passage of ARPA marks a momentous win for libraries. Thanks to your tireless advocacy, Congress is recognizing the role that libraries play in the health of communities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. ALA is exceptionally pleased to see that America's libraries will receive this long-awaited, and much deserved direct recovery funding.

Will you please take a moment to thank your Members of Congress for passing this historic bill?