MN CapitolLibrarians and library advocates have a key role to play in educating our communities about why libraries and librarians are essential in an information society.  To be effective, they must speak loudly, clearly and with a unified voice.  Democracy needs libraries, and libraries need advocates.  SELCO/SELS is proud to be an advocate for libraries both at home and on the national stage. 

SELCO/SELS advocates for their member libraries by the following:

  • Monitor state and federal policies and legislation that affects the organization as well as all types of libraries
  • Inform member libraries about legislative issues affecting libraries
  • Promote the value of libraries to local, state, and federal agencies and legislators
  • Work closely with the Minnesota Library Association and other external groups to integrate advocacy efforts into a cohesive message
  • Encourage participation in state and national library legislative day activities
  • Advocate for sufficient funding to support regional library programs and services
  • Assist in strengthening the advocacy skills of the SELCO/SELS Board of Directors and member library staff.

Key Library Legislative Dates  |  MN Library Legislative Platform  |  SELCO Legislative Handouts |  MN Advocacy Archive  |  Minnesota Loves Libraries Campaign  |  Library Advocacy Resources

Key Library Legislative Dates

Minnesota Library Legislative Forum Minnesota Library Legislative Day National Library Legislative Day
  • July 8, 2015 – Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud, MN
  • Minnesota librarians spent the day developing and discussing possible legislative priorities, opportunities, and challenges for the 2015 session.


  • April 13, 2016 at the Judicial Center
  • Register HERE
  • SELCO staff books appointments with the legislators from the SELCO/SELS region. Everyone is free to join the office visits on Legislative Day. In addition we develop information packets for each legislator and arrange carpooling to the Capitol for the day.

Minnesota Library Legislative Platform (2016 Session)

Please check back for more information as it’s released:

For previous years’ materials please consult this Advocacy Archive.

Minnesota Loves Libraries CampaignLogo - MnLL Color (Bevel)

A grassroots advocacy campaign running in the SELCO region during February 2015.  Modeled on the Texans Love Libraries campaign, this simple mail-in drive is set to help local libraries collect those great “Why I Love My Library” stories and pass them along to legislators on March 3rd at the 2015 Minnesota Library Legislative Day.  Click HERE to view all necessary materials.