What if public libraries weren’t free and accessible for ALL?

As of January, 2012, the state has completely eliminated all state-sponsored funding for public libraries. Unless the California State Legislature acts to change this, funding will evaporate for the long-standing cooperation agreement among public libraries that allows residents of one community to freely use a library in another community. For example, Santa Clara County Libraries charge an $80 per year fee to any Santa Clara resident who wants to use their libraries. What if all libraries charged for use?

With the loss of California State Library Services Act funding, public libraries will no longer be able to provide free universal access to information through the sharing of books and other materials. Free public libraries level the playing field by providing information to everyone regardless of economic status. They support democracy by keeping citizens informed. They provide resources for those looking for work, attending school, or learning to read. And library attendance is at an all time high. Let’s keep our libraries free and open to all. Write to these legislators TODAY. Tell them how important it is to you to ensure that equal access continues and ask them to reinstate funding for the California Library Services Act.

These two Budget subcommittees have jurisdiction over library funding issues at the State Capitol. You may contact these members via email, mail or fax.

CONTACT BEFORE APRIL 19th when the CA State Senate’s Education Finance subcommittee meets:

  1. Senator Carol Liu, Chair
    Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 5061
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone (916) 651-4021
    Fax: (916) 324-7543
    Email: http://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD21
  2. Senator Ted Gaines (*)
    Member, Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 3060
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4001
    Fax: (916) 324-2680
    Email: senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov
  3. Senator Rod Wright
    Member, Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 5064
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4025
    Fax: (916) 445-3712
    Email: http://sd25.senate.ca.gov/contact

CONTACT BEFORE May 2nd when the State Assembly’s Education Finance subcommittee meets:

  1. Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, Chair
    Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 2188
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916) 319-2011
    Fax: (916) 319-2111
    Email: http://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD11;
  2. Assemblyman Bill Berryhill
    Member, Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 3141
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916)319-2026
    Fax: (916) 319-2126
    Email: http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/26/?p=email
  3. Assemblywoman Julia Brownley
    Member, Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 2163
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916) 319-2041
    Fax: (916) 319-2141
    Email: http://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD41&
  4. Assemblyman Brian Nestande
    Member, Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 4139
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: 916-319-2064
    Fax: (916) 319-2164
    Email: http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/64/?p=email
  5. Assemblyman Sandre Swanson
    Member, Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
    State Capitol, Room 6012
    Sacramento, CA. 95814
    Phone: (916) 319-2016
    Fax: (916) 319-2116
    Email: http://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD16&
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