Petition to Increase Per Capita State Aid

The State Per Capita Library Aid program is a direct partnership between local libraries and the state.  State Aid is awarded to municipalities for library purposes based on local funding.  This is direct aid to every local library.  Current funding has been reduced to $3,676,000 beginning with the FY11 state budget. That is approximately 41 cents per person per year as the state’s contribution to public libraries.

FCC E-rate action expands broadband opportunities for libraries (ALA Statement)

For Immediate Release
Thu, 12/11/2014

Jazzy Wright
Press Officer
Washington Office

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a landmark E-rate modernization order that addresses the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries. In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young released the following statement:

Governor Vetos Library Funding

NJLA is very disappointed that Governor Christie vetoed the $3 million increase in state aid approved by the Legislature in the 2015 state budget. We appreciate the strong bipartisan support from so many in the Legislature as well as the many library advocates who worked on this effort.


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