National Library Week 2021

National Library Week, April 4 – 10, 2021, is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.

The theme for National Library Week 2021, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services.

During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content and educational programs.

Library staff play an invaluable role in supporting their communities both in person and virtually as the world continues to fight COVID-19. In times of crisis, libraries of all types and their workers serve millions of library users in need of free access to WiFi, eBooks, accurate information, and digital social services.

There are a number of celebrations taking place during National Library Week.

On April 6th, the nation will celebrate National Library Workers Day, a time to recognize library staff members for their public service contributions in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. We encourage you to Share Your Library Story to recognize the important role that libraries and library staff have played in your own life.

On April 7th, National Library Outreach Day (formally National Bookmobile Day) communities will celebrate the invaluable role dedicated library professionals play in meeting their patrons where they are. Locally, we will be celebrating the role that ACLA Mobile Library Services fills for our preschoolers, seniors and communities.

April 7th is also Library Giving Day, a one-day fundraising event with the goal of encouraging people who depend on and enjoy public libraries to donate to their local library. To donate, please visit ACLA’s Donor Portal to find the library of your choice.

On April 8th, everyone is encouraged to get involved in Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates in support of libraries. Please consider volunteering your time and energy to your local library’s board and governance by visiting The Talent Bank to submit your name for consideration.

Welcome to Your Library!

Allegheny County Council Proclamation declaring National Library Week sponsored by our great library friend and supporter, Councilman Tom Baker