Library Advocacy


Calling All Western New York Library Advocates!


There are three ways you can lend your support to the advocacy efforts aimed at increasing legislative support for all our libraries and library systems.

  • Travel to Albany, NY for Library Advocacy Day 
    Meetings with local state representatives will be scheduled, usually the first Wednesday in March.

  • Local District Office Visits
    If you are unable to travel to Albany, you will also have a chance to meet with local representatives when WNYLRC schedules home office visits usually in the months of January - March. Updates will be posted on the website for specific dates, times and location of these visits - you are encouraged to attend! See below for the list of last years visits.


  • "My Library Stories"  
    Finally, if you cannot make the office visits, perhaps you have a story or anecdote in support of your library that you would like to share with your state representatives. Tell us about it and we will be sure to convey your message to your representative when we meet with him or her! Be sure to include the name and location of the library and what took place that makes the library significant to you personally and/or to your community.


    Assemblyman Raymond Walter (146, R) 
    Friday, January 6, 2017 at 12:45pm, Clearfield Branch Library (770 Hopkins Road, Williamsville)
    Assemblyman David DiPietro (147, R)
    Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 9:30am, E. Aurora Middle School (430 Main Street, East Aurora)

    Assemblywoman C. Peoples-Stokes (141, D)  
    Thursday, January 1 , 2017 2 at 1pm, F. E. Merriweather Jr. Library (1324 Jefferson Avenue)

    Assemblyman Stephen Hawley (139, R) 
    Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11am, Hoag Library (134 South Main Street, Albion)

    Senator Chris Jacobs (60, R)
    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10am,  Burchfield Penney Art Center

    Assemblyman Schimminger (140, D) 
    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 3pm, Kenmore Public Library (160 Delaware Road, Kenmore)

    Senator Patrick Gallivan (59, R)
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10am, West Seneca Public Library (1300 Union Rd., West Seneca)

    Assemblyman Michael Kearns (142, D) 
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 3pm, Dudley Branch Library (2010 So. Park Ave., Buffalo)

    Senator Timothy Kennedy (63, D) 
    Friday, January 27, 2017 at 9am, Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, Canisius College (2001 Main Street, Buffalo)

    Assemblyman Sean Ryan (149, D)
    Friday, January 27, 2017 at 1:00pm, Crane Library (633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222)

    Senator Catherine Young (57, R) 
    Assemblyman Andy Goodell (150, R)
    Friday February 3, 2017 at 11:00am,  Jamestown Community College (525 Falconer Street, Jamestown, NY)

    Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (148, R)
    Friday February 3, 2017 at 2:00pm, Gowand Free Library (56 W. Main Street, Gowanda, NY) 

    Senator Robert Ortt (62, R)
    Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10am, Lockport Public Library, (23 East Avenue, Lockport, New York 14094)

    Assemblywoman Monica Wallace (143, D)
    Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 1:30pm, Anna Reinstein Library (2580 Harlem Rd, Buffalo, NY 14225)

    Assemblyman Michael Norris (144, R)
    Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11am at his district office (8180 Main Street, Clarence)

    Senator M. Ranzenhofer
    (61, R)
    Friday, February 17, 2017 at 4pm at ECC North, Dry Memorial Library (6205 Main Street, Williamsville)

    Assemblyman John J. Morinello (145, R)
    Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11:00am at Visitor Center of the NY Power Authority (5777 Lewiston Rd
    Lewiston, NY)


ENROLL TODAY!Sign-up as a Library Advocate

Use the link above and complete an online form to enroll as a Library Advocate, and you will receive e-mail alerts when your action is needed to act on behalf of libraries. Now advocating for your library services can be quick, simple and timely, plus there is no cost to you.  Thank you for your support!  


 Library Advocacy in Western New York


Official Website for New York State Government 

Under the “Government” tab, you can find out how to contact the Governor’s office; find and contact your state representatives; get updates on bills and legislation relating to libraries and more.

New York State Law and Libraries:

Searching NYS Law and Regulations Relating to libraries just got easier! Anyone searching for current New York State law and regulations pertaining to libraries, library systems, trustees, and librarians in New York State can now access this information quickly on the New York State Library's website. This interactive web resource makes components of the State Library publication Excerpts from New York State Education Law, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Pertaining to Libraries, Library Systems, Trustees and Librarians available in a user friendly and easy to navigate web tool for users. This interactive site supercedes the 1995 print version and the FTP files of the Excerpts document that has been on the State Library website since 1995.

New York Library Association 

Use the link above to go for the most recent information on statewide advocacy efforts for libraries including Library Advocacy Day in Albany, legislative priorities for libraries and; access to advocacy tools you can use in your local advocacy efforts.



American Library Association Office for Library Advocacy provides information on ALA's Advocacy Institute, federal legislative issues, library funding, and grassroots resources. ALA also reports on federal legislation that impact intellectual freedom and privacy.