FY 2018 Federal Library Funding Remains Secure, For NowJuly 20, 2017
On July 19, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to approve the same funding levels passed by its Labor–HHS Subcommittee last week. The action was another significant step toward ensuring FY 2018 funding of $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services—including $183.6 million for LSTA programs—and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program. These sums equal FY 2017 levels. The bill now heads to the floor for consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. ILA will continue to monitor and inform the Illinois library community as the bill progresses through Congress and issue a Call for Action as appropriate.