NYLA Library Advocacy Day: February 27, 2019

Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. 

Together our efforts have resulted in over $17M in additional library aid since 2011.

Summary of Event

Most activities will take place in the Legislative Office Building (LOB). The LOB is most easily accessed from the Concourse, or through the Capitol Building.  Prepare for airport-like security while entering the building.  NYLA ‘Base Camp’ will be available in LOB120 beginning at 8:00AM for packet pick-up and sign-in.

Advocacy Day Packets: Materials are distributed to Library Advocacy Day attendees to use in their meetings with legislators and staff, and can be picked up in room 120 of the Legislative Office Building.

Click here for a map of the Empire State Plaza (PDF)

READ Posters
Members of the Legislature have been invited to have their photographs taken for READ posters between 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM.  (Invite your representative to have their photo taken for a READ poster!)

The Rally for Library Advocates 12:00 PM

Gather in the “Well” of the LOB at 12:00 PM for a Library Advocate’s Rally!
Join fellow Library Advocates and plan to make your voices heard!

Legislative Office Visits

Meetings with individual Legislators (or their office) are coordinated by library systems, or regional coordinators.  NYLA will have a listing of all the legislative office visits that we have been made aware of at the NYLA Base Camp (LOB120).

Organizing a Group or meeting with a Legislator? Please fill out the Library Advocacy Day Contact Form

Please be sure to review the NYLA Legislative Priorities prior to your meetings.

Pre-Advocacy Day Activities

Travel to Albany the day before (February 26, 2019) and partake in some top notch professional development, the Library Advocates Luncheon, and more!

Complete details on Pre-Advocacy Day 2019

Getting There

Directions & Logistics
Find a bus heading to Albany for Advocacy Day!

Where to Stay

NYLA has secured a block of hotel rooms at the Hilton Albany (formerly the Crowne Plaza) in downtown Albany.
Use this online portal to book your room and receive the discounted group rate of $199/night.  ROOMS ARE GOING FAST – BOOK NOW!

NYLA Library Advocacy Day Room Block @ Hilton Albany

Book your room by January 31, 2019!

Security Information

Please plan for airport-like security measures in place in the New York State Capitol, the Legislative Office Building and its surrounding buildings. Please be prepared to pass through a metal detector and have your belongings go through an X-ray machine to enter.

All adults (16+) must show a photo ID to enter – it is recommended that attendees carry a photo ID at all times.

In addition, items that are sharp or may be construed as weapons are not allowed in any of the Empire State Plaza buildings (including “sticks” attached to Rally signs). Due to the security measures and the number of people expected in Albany that day, please leave yourself plenty of time to through security before meetings with legislators.

If you have questions, please contact the NYLA Office at director@nyla.org.

Virtual Advocacy

If you can’t make it to Albany, you can still help the cause!  Post to your Facebook wall, Tweet about Library Aid, or add a button to your library’s website. Check out our page dedicated to Virtual Advocacy.


NYS Library Aid FY 2019-2020 – Needs Your Support! Governor Cuomo is finalizing his Executive Budget proposal, and NOW is the time to SPEAK UP FOR LIBRARY FUNDING! We have not gotten any assurances that library funding is secure. In 2018, Governor Cuomo cut $4M in library aid as a negotiating tactic with the legislature. Library aid is again subject to these same negotiating tactics. TAKE ACTION NOW and tell the Governor that library aid should be INCREASED, not CUT. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Take a few seconds – tell Governor Cuomo NO MORE CUTS TO LIBRARY FUNDING!


Help us Build the Base of Library Advocates

Use the HTML code available on this web page to add a button to your library or personal website!  The more advocates we have enrolled and willing to send messages to Albany, the more effective our efforts will be.

NYLA Library Advocacy Buttons for Your Website

Library Advocacy Day Sponsorship

Interesting in being a Library Advocacy Sponsor?  Contact NYLA Marketing, 518-432-6952 ext. 105

Library Advocacy Day 2019 Sponsorship Form (PDF)

National Library Legislative Day

Be a library champion on the national level – join the New York Delegation in D.C!

Note: In light of ALA’s Annual Conference, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on June 20-25, 2019, the next National Library Legislative Day will occur in 2020. For more information, click here.

Please note that the information above is subject to change.  Contact us if you have any questions!