Today, President Barack Obama released the budget for the 2014 fiscal year, allocating $177 million for assistance to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
In response to President Obama’s 2014 budget request, American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement today:
“We congratulate President Obama for supporting our nation’s libraries and the work they do for their communities. The White House Office of Management and Budget has increased the amount of funding for libraries and recognizes the ways that libraries contribute to the economic recovery in their local communities.
While we are very pleased by the $2 million increase in funding for the Library Services and Technology Act, we know that libraries need more federal funding support to continue to be the thriving resource centers and technology hubs that millions rely on for assistance. Funding included in the budget is well below the amount of federal assistance that libraries received during the 2012 fiscal year. We hope the Obama Administration will provide libraries with even more support in the future.”