NYLA's Library Advocacy Day



WEDNESDAY, February 25, 2015

Albany, NY

Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries.  Their efforts have resulted in over $7M in additional library aid since 2011.

New York Library Advocacy DaySummary 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: Advocacy 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 – 2:00 PM.

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 2015 NYLA Legislative Priorities prior to your meetings.

Capitol Tour  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

NYLA has arranged for a docent lead walking tour of the majestic NYS Capitol Building.
The tour is FREE, but pre-registration is required.  CLICK HERE to register for the Capitol Tour.

Pre-Advocacy Day Activities

Travel to Albany the day before and partake in some top notch professional development, NYLA's Community Conversations, the Library Advocates Luncheon, NYLA's 2015 Legislative Reception and the 2015 New Yorkers for Better Libraries Annual Gala!  CLICK HERE for complete details.

Getting There

Directions & Logistics

Bus & Regional Coordinator Information - Find a bus heading to Albany for Advocacy Day!  Don't go it alone!

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.

NYLA Library Advocacy Day Room Block @ Hilton Albany

Book your room by January 25, 2015!

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.

Who will gain?

  1. ALL NY libraries and citizens.
  2. ALL libraries and systems which receive direct state aid.
  3. Many libraries and systems which receive indirect state aid in the form of cooperative services and shared programs from their library system.
  4. Legislators who need to understand how libraries can help them.

What can I do now to support this effort?

  1. Call your legislator's office, either at his or her district office, or in Albany.
  2. Tell him/her how important your library is to the community—and its voting citizens.
  3. Tell him/her that increased funding for libraries is ESSENTIAL and CRITICAL.
  4. Use our helpful advocacy tools to help shape your personal message.

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.

Snapshot Day 2015

NYLA is holding its fifth annual “SnapShotNY: A Day in the Life of a Library” initiative Tuesday, January 20 through Monday, February 9. Our past SnapShotNY programs have been incredibly successful with over 75 libraries participating.  Click here for more information.


Thank you to our 2015 Library Advocacy Day Sponsors



NYLA Sections Sponsoring Advocacy Day:

Friends of Libraries Section (FLS)
Leadership & Management Section (LAMS)
Section of School Librarians (SSL)
Youth Services Section (YSS)

Interesting in being a Library Advocacy Sponsor?
Click Here for Sponsorship Information

National Library Legislative Day

ALA's 40th Annual National Library Legislative Day is being held in Washington DC May 4-5, 2015.  For more information, click here.


Click here for the Advocacy Day 2014 Archive Page

Click here to view pictures from the 2013 Advocacy Day
Click here for the Advocacy Day 2013 Archive Page

Click here for the Advocacy Day 2012 Archive Page