Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Together our efforts have resulted in over $17M in additional library aid since 2011.
Summary 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
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.
Members of the Legislature have been invited to have their photographs taken for READ posters between 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM. (Invite your representative to have their photo taken for a READ poster!)
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).
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.