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. 

2021 Legislative Action Days

February 10, 2021: 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 involved!

March 10, 2021: ILA Virtual Legislative Day 

Join us for our Virtual Legislative Day on March 10. We will not be meeting at the capitol due to the current pandemic and capitol building protocols. More details will be coming available prior to March 10.

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: