National Library Legislative Day

National Library Legislative Day

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is typically a two-day educational event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters and patrons to Washington, D.C.

MLA has a delegation to National Library Legislative Day to visit our Representatives & Senators. The Past Chair of the MLA Legislative Committee makes the arrangements.

Attendees spend one-day learning effective advocacy tactics and being briefed about pressing federal legislative issues that are impacting libraries. On the second day, they join other attendees from their state to meet with their members of Congress and rally support for library issues and policies. Open to the public, the event also offers attendees the opportunity to attend a reception on Capitol Hill.

In light of COVID-19, efforts in 2021 will likely remain digital. Watch the Legislative Update newsletter for announcements.

Know the Issues

ALA provides updates to its Chapters (ALA) via email alerts. These are passed on to MLA+ITEM members via the Legislative update newsletter. They often call for action on bills relating to IMLS, LSTA, net neutrality, and other issues of concern to libraries of all types. You may also wish to Join ALA's grassroots network. By joining, grassroots network members not only become part of a national movement for libraries but also gain access to a variety of resources for increasing awareness and staying engaged year-round.