First key vote on FY18 library funding set for July 13

Earlier today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees library funding announced that it will meet and vote this Thursday afternoon, July 13 at 4:30 p.m., to consider a key vote on a large spending bill that will save, trim or totally wipe out funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). That means that if you happen to live in one of the 13 congressional districts (in 12 states) represented by a member of this powerful and pivotal Subcommittee, you also have incredible power for the next 48 hours to help determine what happens to IMLS, LSTA and IAL funding for FY 2018.

dollar bill held in two hands and being twisted representing the key vote that is upcoming in the House Appropriations Subcommittee

This Thursday will be the first key vote in the House of Representatives related to federal library funding in FY2018. Photo credit: CT Health Notes blog

Please, use that power now. To find out if you’re a key constituent, enter your zip code at ALA’s Legislative Action Center. If you are, the Center is set to help you quickly send an email to or Tweet at your Representative. (If you’re not in one of these 13 congressional districts, please don’t be discouraged; we will definitely need you later!)

The message is simple: “Save IMLS. Give LSTA $186.6 million and IAL $27 million in FY18. Thank you!”

That’s it. There will be more votes in other committees later, but this first one could set the stage for all others. We have until Thursday afternoon to convince 13 key members of Congress to do the right thing. Now’s really the time to fight for libraries!

About Adam Eisgrau

Adam Eisgrau is a former managing director of the Office of Government Relations.

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