Financial education resources for library staff

In order to better reach consumers and aid them in making financial decisions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) works to identify resources and community partnerships that can help libraries offer financial education programming. Their hope is that public libraries will become a resource for consumers looking for information surrounding their financial decisions.Consumer Financial Protection Bureau logo

To that end, the CFPB provides libraries with access to free resources. These include:

  • Online resources. A time-saving, consolidated list of noncommercial, money-related websites, videos, and tools that have been reviewed and selected by financial education experts at the CFPB.
  • Free print materials. Easy-to-understand worksheets, informational guides, and handouts on a variety of money topics from the CFPB, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Labor, Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies.
  • Program ideas. CFPB shares ideas for money-themed programs and promising practices that have worked in libraries just like yours. They also include suggestions for resources and promotional partners.
  • Marketing materials. Bookmarks, standing displays, posters, screen savers, web banners and more. You can order these free materials, or download PDFs to add your logo and print them locally.
  • Library staff training. Participate in monthly webinars, or view past sessions to learn about personal finance topics and issues.
  • Partnership guidebook.  CFBP helps you think through the process of building and documenting collaborations that would work for your library, your partners and your patrons.

For more information, visit consumerfinance.gov/library-resources.

About Emily Sheketoff

Emily Sheketoff is the former Associate Executive Director of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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