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  |  Library Advocacy Resources

Key Library Legislative Dates

Minnesota Library Legislative Forum Minnesota Library Legislative Day National Library Legislative Day
  • August 8, 2018 – Brookdale Library, Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Minnesota librarians will spend the day developing and discussing possible legislative priorities, opportunities, and challenges for the upcoming session.


  • February 26, 2019
  • 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.
  • ALA’s 2019 Annual Conference will take place in Washington, D.C. June 20-25, 2019. Because of that, the next National Library Legislative Day will occur in 2020.
  • Information can be found on the National Library Legislative Day website from the American Library Association (ALA).

Minnesota Library Advocacy

Visit the website for basic information, links to resources, and videos that explain the legislative process.

You can find the 2019 MLA/ITEM Platform draft here. The planks have been approved but language and numbers may change as Library Legislative Day approaches.

For previous years’ materials please consult this Advocacy Archive.