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:

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!

View previous leg visits here


Travel to Albany, NY for Library Advocacy Day 

     Join colleagues from across the state who are going to Albany, NY on Wednesday,         February 28, 2018, for the annual LIBRARY ADVOCACY DAY!

    Visit the NYLA Advocacy page for details on this event

Share Your "Library Story"

Finally, if you cannot make the office visits, perhaps you have a story or anecdote in support of your library that you would like to share with your state representatives. Tell us about it and we will be sure to convey your message to your representative when we meet with him or her! Be sure to include the name and location of the library and what took place that makes the library significant to you personally and/or to your community.

2018 Local Meetings with WNY State Representatives

Assemblyman Raymond Walter (146, R) 
Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 10:00 am, Daemen College Marian Library (4380 Main St., Amherst, NY 14226)

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (140, D)

Thursday, January 18, at 3:00 pm at Kenmore Mercy Hospital Library (2950 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14217)

Assemblyman David DiPietro (147, R)
Friday, January 19, 2018, at 10:00 am, Aurora Town Public Library (550 Main Street, East Aurora, NY 14052)

Assemblyman Stephen Hawley (139, R) 
Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 10:00 am, Alfred C. O’Connell Library, Genesee Community College (1 College Rd, Batavia, NY 14020

Senator Patrick Gallivan (59, R)
Friday, January 26, 2018, at 10:30 am, Ecology & Environment (368 Pleasant View Dr, Lancaster, NY 14086)

Senator Timothy Kennedy (63, D) 
Friday, January 26, 2018, at 4:00 pm at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site (641 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202)

Assemblywoman C. Peoples-Stokes (141, D)  
Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 11:00 am, Erie Community College City Campus Library (121 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203)

Senator Robert Ortt (62, R)
Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 3:00 pm, Orleans-Niagara BOCES (4124 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132)

Senator Catherine Young (57, R) 
Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (148, R)
Friday, February 2, 2018, at 11:00 am, Olean Public Library (134 N. 2nd Street, Olean, NY 14760)

Assemblyman Andy Goodell (150, R)
Friday, February 2, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the James Prendergast Library (509 Cherry St, Jamestown, NY 14701)

Senator M. Ranzenhofer(61, R)
Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 3:00 pm, Health Sciences Library (Abbott Hall, University at Buffalo South Campus, 3435 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214)

Assemblywoman Monica Wallace (143, D)

Thursday, February 16, 2018, at 10:00 am at Villa Maria College Library (240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo, NY 14225)

Assemblyman Michael Norris (144, R)
Friday, February 16, 2018, at 12:00 pm at Clarence Public Library (3 Town Pl, Clarence, NY 14031)

Senator Chris Jacobs (60, R)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 3:00 pm, at the Orchard Park Public Library (S-4570 South Buffalo St.
Orchard Park, NY 14127; 716-662-9851; contact, Peggy Errington, Director)

Assemblyman John J. Morinello (145, R)

Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the Niagara Falls Public Library (Earl W. Brydges Building, 1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305; (716) 286-4894, contact: Sarah M. Potwin, Director)

Assemblyman Sean Ryan (149, D)

**Rescheduled to Thursday, March 8, 2018 at noon at the Buffalo History Museum

(1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216, contact: Cynthia Van Ness, Phone: 716-873-9644)



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.


American Library Association 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.