Census 2020 Resources

The decennial census is coming up on April 1, 2020, and libraries will be essential partners in ensuring a complete count! For one thing, libraries are trusted in our communities; for another, this is the first census intended to be completed mostly online and libraries offer both internet access and people willing to help. The Illinois State Library urges libraries to allow all individuals to use public access computers, tablets, or library Wi-Fi to enter their census information, regardless of library card status.

A complete count is not only mandated in the U.S. Constitution; it's essential for states in order to be allocated the appropriate number of Congressional representatives, federal funding dollars, Electoral College electors, and so on.

There are a number of organizations planning for the census nationwide and here in Illinois; here is an index to who they are and what they are doing. If you have a resource to suggest, please email ILA Executive Director Diane Foote at dfoote@ila.org. Get ready to get counting!

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