Library Advocacy



There are three ways you can be a part of advocacy efforts aimed at increasing legislative support for all our libraries and library systems:

First, Attend Local Meetings with Your State Representatives

If you are unable to travel to Albany, you also have a chance to meet with local representatives when WNYLRC schedules district visits. Most will take place January through March. Updates will be posted here for specific dates, times and location of these visits - you are welcome and encouraged to attend! PLEASE contact WNYLRC if you will be attending any of the visits so we can add your name to the list!


If you can't make local district meetings, you can still share your stories! We will make sure these get to your representatives. Fill out the form here. Libraries in 2020 help their communities in so many more diverse ways than they did even 5 years ago; from providing Internet access, to creating safe spaces; providing education and training opportunities for all ages; offering a tremendous selection of reading and listening materials to....well, you know! But, our legislators don't know EVERYTHING libraries are offering today! This is where you can describe some of these offerings that may not be as well known, but are ways you serve your patrons and your communities. Help us tell the stories of how important libraries are for all of us and how a democratic society depends on free and accurate information and resources! Let’s make the library VISIBLE!!

2019-2020 Local Meeting Schedule with WNY State Representatives 

Senator Robert Ortt (62) - Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11 am, Lewiston Public Library

Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (145) - Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11 am, Lewiston Public Library

Assemblyman Patrick Burke (142) - Friday, January 17, 2020 at 1 pm, Orchard Park Public Library

Assemblymember Karen McMahon (146) - Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 1:30pm at Sweet Home High School

Senator Timothy Kennedy (63) - Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11 am, Leroy R. Coles Jr. Branch Library

Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (141) - Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11 am, Leroy R. Coles Jr. Branch Library

Assemblyman Stephen Hawley (139) - Friday, January 31, 2020 at 2pm at the Corfu Library

Assemblyman Michael J. Norris (144)Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 10 am, Akron School Library

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (61) -  Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 10am, Akron School Library

Assemblymember Monica Wallace (143) - Friday, February 7, 2020 at 1pm at WNYLRC

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (140) - Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12 noon at the Elaine Panty (Riverside) Branch Library, Buffalo

Assemblyman Sean Ryan (149)Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11am, I. Gonzales-Soto Branch Library, Buffalo

Senator Chris Jacobs (60) - Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 2pm at the Lakeshore Branch Library, Hamburg

Senator Patrick Gallivan (59) - Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 1:30pm, Elma Public Library

Assemblyman David DiPietro (147) -  Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 1:30pm, Elma Public Library

Assemblyman Andy Goodell (150) - Friday, March 6, 2020 at 1pm, Hazeltine Library, Busti

Senator George Borello (57) - Friday, March 20, 2020 at pm, Cattaraugus Free Library (canceled)

Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (148) - Friday, March 20, 2020 at pm, Cattaraugus Free Library (canceled)

*Dates and times subject to change! 




Second, Write A Letter!

Ellington Library, one of the 2018-19 winners!

Join WNYLRC's letter writing campaign!

Set up a space in an area of the library with a box of writing materials (pens, pencils, paper, envelopes, etc.) and instructions for your visitors encouraging them to write letters to their representatives supporting State Library Aid in the 2019 budget. Legislators have informed us that handwritten letters -- not phone calls or emails -- are the most effective way for constituents to communicate their needs. Personal stories or anecdotes from visitors in support of your library help legislators understand the effect libraries have on their communities.

WNYLRC will cover the cost of sending the letters that come from your library patrons, and ask that you record the number of letters written weekly so we can send the correct postage. Keep track of how many letters you receive (per week or per month) for postage reimbursement! You can also download the detailed instructions for joining our campaign or email Heidi at for more information.

YOUR LIBRARY CAN WIN A PRIZE for one of the most creative mailboxes, as voted on by social media viewers!


Email Heidi ( or Caitlin ( with photos of your mailboxes! We will post the images on the WNYLRC website and social media, and ask people to vote with "likes" and a final poll for their favorite mailboxes!

We will award prizes to the library community's favorite mailboxes after March 1, 2020.

Prizes for the most creative mailboxes are $100 gift cards from our sponsors, including

Ebsco, Springshare, Backstage Library Works, Gaylord, ProQuest



Download a copy of this poster to display in your library, or contact us for a foamboard version of the poster. We have a limited number, so contact us soon!!!



Third, Travel to Albany, NY for Library Advocacy Day


Join colleagues from across the state who are going to Albany, NY on TUESDAY, February 25, 2020, for the annual LIBRARY ADVOCACY DAY!

Visit the NYLA Advocacy page for details on this event


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 supersedes 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.


The American Library Association's 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.