Urge President Biden and your Legislators to Invest in Library Infrastructure!
Please ask that crucial funding for libraries is included in the upcoming infrastructure package.
This week, May 10-14, 2021 marks United for Infrastructure Week. As advocates across the country utilize this week to communicate the importance of infrastructure in our communities, this presents a wonderful opportunity for you to share your library's personal story to amplify the need for library facilities to be fairly recognized as a critical part of our nation's infrastructure.
Over the next few weeks, Congress is tasked to make key decisions about the scope of what will be included in President Biden's final infrastructure package. The Build America's Libraries Act, introduced in the Senate and House by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), and Representatives Andy Levin (D-MI) and Don Young (R-AK), respectively, makes the case for providing $5 billion to repair, modernize, and construct library facilities in underserved and marginalized communities. If these funding levels were included in the final infrastructure package, upgrades to the nation's library infrastructure to address challenges such as natural disasters, COVID-19, broadband capacity, environmental hazards, and accessibility barriers would be supported.
Make no mistake, this infrastructure bill will shape our country for decades to come. Library workers and users, today and in the future – our kids and grandkids – deserve better than the problems that plague too many libraries: leaky roofs, buildings that aren’t fully accessible to people with disabilities, outdated HVAC, inadequate space, and Wi-Fi dead zones.
Will you send a message to President Biden and your legislators and urge them to include crucial funding for libraries in the upcoming infrastructure package?