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ALA Reports the Federal Funds Allocated for Library Services

ALA released a statement saying that the organization “welcomed the eighth consecutive increase in federal fiscal year (FY) appropriations to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The regular FY 2021 budget bill, passed on December 21 alongside the $900 billion Emergency Covid Relief spending package, includes an additional $5 million for IMLS, including $2 million for the Library Services and Technology Act.”

In addition, “The Library Services and Technology Act received $197.5 million of the overall $257 million IMLS budget, with an increase of $2 million directed to the Grants to States program. The FY 2021 appropriations bill includes increases for other line items important to libraries,” including $28 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program, $167.5 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), $757.3 million for the Library of Congress, and $377 million for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

“Federal support for libraries is not only a wise investment in times of crisis: sustained funding can build capacity to meet community needs in the long run,” says Julius C. Jefferson Jr., ALA’s president. “At the same time, I won’t hide ALA’s disappointment that there is no direct funding for America’s libraries in the new emergency relief package. ALA stands firmly behind libraries’ need for additional resources.”

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