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Presented by the Advocacy & Legislative Committee to further the mission of California libraries 

The California Library Association Executive Board works with the CLA Advocacy & Legislative Committee, CLA lobbyists and association members to make a difference for California libraries and the communities they serve, working primarily at the state level; some support is offered for local and national advocacy. CLA is a non-partisan organization. 

CLA supports local libraries and their advocates in building strong relationships with communities, legislators and leaders through Day in the District and other outreach.

CLA actively advocates for:

      Infrastructure Needs of California Libraries

      Equitable Access to Library and Information Services including:

      Broadband Equity for California Communities
      eMedia and Electronic Resources

      Library participation/representation in statewide initiatives for:

      Early Education
      Adult/Family Literacy
      Digital Literacy
      Career Support
      Services for Vulnerable Populations
      After-School/Summer Programs for Youth
      Other Educational and Social Service Programs 

      California State Library Funding and Budget Enhancements

CLA generally supports the positions taken by the American Library Association in other key action areas, including:

      Intellectual Freedom


      Census 2020

      Net Neutrality

CLA also monitors all state legislation that may impact items on the above list or that are identified as having an impact on libraries, library funding and/or library staff.

 Approved and adopted by the CLA Executive Board on October 26, 2019

Prior Legislative Priorities