Protecting California Libraries and the Communites They Serve
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 keep members informed on the status of bills of interest and concern to the Association and its members.
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