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Federal library funding cut in proposed budget

Today, President Barack Obama released his budget request for the 2015 fiscal year. The proposed budget for the Library Services and Technology Act falls $2 million short from the $180.9 million enacted by the U.S. Congress for the 2014 fiscal year. The big hit came to the state program, with slight increases to the set aside for Native Americans and Hawaiians and the National Leadership grants.

IMLS Appropriations Budget FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 Request
Grants to States 150,000 154,848 154,848 154,500
Native American Library Services 3,667 3,861 3,861 4,063
Nat. Leadership / Libraries 11,377 12,200 12,200 17,500
Laura Bush 21st Century 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,500
Subtotal, LSTA 175,044 180,909 180,909 186,563

(View the full chart on the budget cuts from IMLS.)

On a conference call with stakeholders, Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Susan Hildreth discussed the Laura Bush 21st Century grants programs, saying that her agency is working on a National Continuing Education Platform so library employees can continue their education around new services and technologies.

On a disappointing note, the President did not include any resources for school libraries.

Please be on the lookout for an action alert from the Washington Office regarding several “Dear Appropriator” letters that your legislators can sign in support of these programs.

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Emily Sheketoff

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


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