Help spread the word

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What can you do to help spread the word about the important role of libraries in people’s lives? Here are a few ways to get started.

  1. Visit your local library
  2. September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Do you have a library card?
  3. Has a librarian made a difference in your community? Nominate them for a 2017 I Love My Librarian Award.
  4. Join the Fight for Libraries Campaign to help save federal library funding.
  5. Learn more about Libraries Transform by reading our Year One Report!
  6. Follow I Love Libraries on Facebook or Twitter. The official hashtag of the campaign is #librariestransform.
  7. Share your favorite Because Statement on social media, or write your own!
  8. Has the library transformed your life? Share your story.
  9. Check out a map of participating libraries.
  10. Display a Libraries Transform banner on your blog.

Support your local library


Public, school, academic and special libraries need your support to survive. Find out how you can help yours.

Visit your library.  Get a library card. Follow your library on social media. Volunteer if you can. Join your library’s Friends group.  If your library doesn’t have a Friends group, talk to your librarian about how you can start one or get involved. Visit to learn more.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

DC's Teen Titans are Honorary Chairs

What's more powerful than a Teen Titan? A library card! September is Library Card Sign-up Month.September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

A public library card is a ticket to free educational resources and activities such as homework help, digital workshops for all-ages, STEAM programs/activities, book clubs, family storytimes and game nights.

A library card also provides access to a variety of digital media, including ebooks. Recent figures show more than 93 percent of public libraries offer ebooks and other digital content. According to OverDrive, more than 200 million checkouts of digital content at libraries is expected throughout 2016.

If you haven’t been to your local library lately, September is a great time for a visit.

This year, DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, will team up with the American Library Association to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans will remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

The Teen Titans are a young group of crimefighters who keep the world safe from the clutches of evil. From Starfire’s green energy beams and power of flight to Raven’s telekinetic and psychokinetic abilities, the Teen Titans have the power, courage and teamwork to rise to any challenges thrown their way.

I Love My Librarian Award


I Love My Librarian Award 2017, Nominate your librarian before September 18. 10 librarians will receive a $5000 cash award.Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day. The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians. We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.

Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Nominations for the I Love My Librarian Award are open through September 18.


Fight for Libraries


Fight for Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding, Save IMLS, American Library AssociationThe President has proposed wiping out all library funding – and the agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), that administers much of it – in his initial FY18 budget proposal.

The fight is on to save IMLS and critical federal funding for programs like Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).

Visit the Fight for Libraries page and register for action alerts to join the fight.



Libraries Transform Year One Report


#LibrariesTransform on Twitter and Instagram



Share your story


Do you have a story about how your library is transforming to meet the needs of your community?
Has the library transformed your life in some way?




Map of participating libraries


If you think your library should be added or removed from this map, send us an email. Last updated July 23, 2017.



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Learn more


Visit the Real Stories page to learn more about how today’s libraries are transforming and the critical role they play in the digital age.

Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries

Watch and share the Dialogue’s inspiring video that highlights the ways in which public libraries are transforming communities through the strategic use of their people, place and platform assets. 
Read the report: Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries and learn more at