Call Congress to Support IMLS
Please take a few minutes and call congress and let them know that you support the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
President Trump’s FY2020 Budget is targeting the only federal library programs for complete elimination. Again.
This is the third year that our president has called for the total shutdown of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is the third year that reasonable and right-minded library advocates have to rally against his proposed cuts. We are tired of it all. But libraries, museums, and archives are too important to every American not to stand up in the face of this bad budget proposal and fight back. Join us and thousands of other Americans and tell Congress “NO” to this bad budget proposal. Send your message today to ensure that the House and Senate do their jobs and fund libraries, museums, and archives.
These programs account for incredibly insignificant portion of the national budget (less than 0.5%) and while he diverted these funds for the Military, we have to ask; what are we fighting for, if not the arts and humanities? These are the simple human things that make life worth fighting for.
“The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them…. Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due.” - Winston Churchill
IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Cutting this funding means that countless libraries will lose access to the grants that allow them to replace crumbling technology and infrastructure that many rural and urban communities depend on. Libraries often provide the only broadband access to rural communities and many Americans in all areas often rely on libraries to apply to jobs, access training to learn new skills, and many entrepreneurs use the resources found in the library to get a competitive edge in an increasingly global marketplace. In fact, for every dollar spent on libraries, more than $5 are returned to the community.