California Library Association


CLA is Protecting California Libraries and the Communities They Serve

The Most Important Thing You Can Do Now


As California's Leading Library Advocate, the California Library Association actively promotes and protects library interests by advocating for policies and funding that support libraries and their stakeholders.

Annually, our Association develops a Legislative Agenda, monitors legislation, takes positions on issues and keeps members informed on the status of bills of interest and concern to the Association and its members.

History of Success

  • CLA obtained passage of two statewide bond measures totaling $425 million in state Bond funds, enabling numerous libraries to build new facilities or remodel or renovate existing libraries.
  • In 2004, property tax-dependent libraries were saved millions of dollars thanks to CLA’s efforts to exempt these institutions from the property tax “take away.”
  • In 1997, CLA was successful in enacting legislation, SB 154 (M. Thompson), which authorizes a county board of supervisors to adopt an 1/8¢ sales tax for library funding purposes, subject to voter approval.
  • In 1982, CLA was instrumental in enacting the Public Library Foundation (PLF). Since that time, more than $500 million in state General Funds has been provided to city, county and special district libraries.

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