February 24, 2018

Museum and Library Services Act Signed, Appropriation Still Pending

By LJ Staff

As expected, President Bush signed H.R. 13, the Museum and Library Services Act of 2003 into law on September 25, setting the authorization level for library programs at $232 million. The legislation reauthorizes the Museum and Library Services Act until 2009. While it serves as a guideline rather than a directive, American Library Association officials are urging library advocates to lobby Congress to fund the law at $232 million. “Unless all Members of Congress hear from library supporters in large emphatic numbers, libraries will get less funding than that in

FY2003,” said ALA’s Washington Office. Indeed, even the President’s request is below that and the Senate numbers are below those of the House of Representatives.