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ALA Makes Statement on Federal Funding for Libraries

ALA shared the following after President Joe Biden signed a reconciled budget for FY2022:

The Library Services and Technology Act, the only source of federal funding dedicated for America’s libraries, received flat funding at $197.4 million. The Innovative Approaches to Literacy program, the only source of federal funding dedicated to school libraries, received a modest $1 million increase, raising the program to $29 million.

ALA President Patty Wong said, ‘Like many other educational and public service institutions, ALA is disheartened by the final FY 2022 funding levels, especially compared with the increases proposed in both chambers earlier in the appropriations process. With inflation rising above seven percent, level funding is not enough for libraries to maintain current programming and facilities, let alone meet the ever-increasing demand for library services. … We hope to hear good news from President Biden when he releases his FY 2023 budget. … This disappointment is a wake-up call for library advocates: we can’t rest on past success, and we will have to work even harder to make our case in this competitive political climate.’

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