Believe it or not, there are shortsighted people in the United States fighting to defund and eliminate your local library.
Sadly, there are many people who don't realize that libraries are one of the best investments a community can make. Organizations like the Koch Brothers funded SuperPAC, Americans for Prosperity, don't seem to understand that libraries often return between $5 and $10 to the community for every dollar spent on them and provide services to the hundreds of millions of Americans that visit them every single year. There are many politicians like Donald Trump who are cutting libraries from the budget because they don't realize that libraries provide important programs and services like storytimes, after school help, resources and services for small business and startups, and services for returning veterans. Libraries have a huge impact in the lives and livelihoods of Americans throughout their lives. There are outspoken individuals who don't see the value of the information provided to citizens by libraries in an era of fake news.
That's why, when we started EveryLibrary, our mission was clear: build a national campaign for libraries. Since 2013, we have helped over 60 libraries fight the good fight for funding on their Election Days and we have supported dozens of other libraries through our petitions and political action. We have trained thousands of librarians and library supporters to take action for their libraries and we have another dozen libraries on the ballot between now and election day in November and we are fighting for many others who are fighting against bad legislation and politicians who want to defund them. But planning to win is exactly what we like doing every day as a 501(c)4 and the first national Political Action Committee for libraries. With support from people like you we have won many of these fights. In fact, we have been so successful that for every dollar that we have raised we have been able to return over $1,600 to libraries in stable funding totaling over 230 million dollars. But there are hundreds of other campaigns, elections, and defunding efforts still happening across America and we need your help today.
Get Involved in the fight for Libraries today!
- Take the pledge for libraries
- Sign a petition
- Contribute just $5-25 a month
- or make a larger one time donation
You donations go to support a wide range of activities that support libraries. For example, we have build the largest and most powerful political action website that is specifically designed to fight for libraries here at action.everylibrary.org. We have also created an equally powerful platform just for fighting for school libraries at saveschoollibrarians.org. We have one of the largest and most active Facebook pages to support libraries where we reach over 1 million Americans every single week. We provide pro-bono strategic support to library elections and campaigns across the country and we rally hundreds of thousands of Americans to fight back when their local libraries are threatened. You can read about our full scope of work at our full website at everylibrary.org and take a closer look at our 990s and successes on our Guidestar Profile where we are a gold rated non-profit.
“I support EveryLibrary as a regular part of my charitable giving because I know that my money will be used to get direct high impact results for libraries across America.”
- Christian Zabriskie, Urban Librarians Unite
Make a Contribution today
Please consider making a contribution today through this page. Feel free to give as much or as little as you can, but our fundraising goal for any election cycle is a lofty $250,000 by November. As a 501(c)4 organization and Political Action Committee for libraries, you are allowed to give as much as you like. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the comment box listed below. Thank you for your time, you can make a difference today.
"When I heard about our library bond measure I immediately thought of EveryLibrary. You helped us tell our story the right way. The knowledge, confidence and structure EveryLibrary provided was a big part of our campaign’s success."
– Ed Garcia, Director, Cranston (RI) Public Library, November 8th, 2014 – $1.2 million remodeling Bond
We do this work because we know how libraries matter to all ages and abilities. We want to live in an America with libraries at the center of community life with educational and entertaining programs and services for people of all ages and walks of life. We also understand that librarians matter to the people they serve. We want an America where everyone can turn to their librarian for resources they need, answers they want, and a more literate and democratic society. Please join us today.