ILA supports efforts of advocacy for the mission of Iowa libraries.  Whether it’s public libraries, K-12 libraries, college/university libraries, or special libraries like the State Library of Iowa. ILA endeavors to defend challenges to intellectual freedom and the Freedom to Read, while also advocating for critical funding, access to information, local control, and the importance of teacher-librarians in every school.  

The Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Governmental Affairs Committee have long been part of ILA’s framework and diligently work to provide support and resources to Iowa libraries.  Access to assistance, workshops, strategies, and templates are offered not only in reaction to immediate needs, but also as proactive opportunities. 


2020 Legislative Day

February 10, 2020: Lobby from Home Day

Contact your state legislator to say "Thank You" and to remind them how important you library is to your community!  They love hearing from local constituents even more than from librarians!  Find a way to get your patrons invovled!

March 10, 2020: ILA Legislative Day 

Join us in Des Moines on March 10, 2020. We will begin with a legislative briefing from members of our ILA Government Affairs Committee and the ILA Lobbyist.

The briefing will begin at 3:00 PM in Room 310 of the Ola Miller Babcock Building located across the street from the State Capitol.

Following the briefing, we will walk across the street to the Law Library inside the State Capitol. ILA will host a reception from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. This is an opportunity for ILA members to connect in-person with our elected officials, thank them for their support of libraries, and share concerns and priorities

Advocacy Tools: 

The Iowa Library Association Libraries Transform Taskforce created six “because” statement postcards focusing on issues related to Iowa libraries for you to use as advocacy tools to help communicate the importance of libraries to stakeholders in your communities. 

ILA encourages you to use these “because” statements as a story starters to share the impact your library has to the community, its citizens, city leaders, and constituents. How can you get involved with this campaign? To become a Libraries Transform Campaign participant, please visit to register.

You'll get access to downloadable marketing materials, helpful tips for using the Libraries Transform campaign locally, and updates about the campaign from the American Library Association. Here’s a quick video to get you started with the toolkit:

Advocacy Cooperative- Home, Iowa Lobbyists, Craig Patterson, Amy Campbell


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Iowa Library Association
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West Des Moines, IA 50266
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