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 member libraries by:

  • Monitoring state and federal policies and legislation that affects the organization as well as all types of libraries
  • Informing member libraries about legislative issues affecting libraries
  • Promoting the value of libraries to local, state, and federal agencies and legislators
  • Working closely with the Minnesota Library Association and other external groups to integrate advocacy efforts into a cohesive message
  • Encouraging participation in state and national library legislative day activities
  • Advocating for sufficient funding to support regional library programs and services
  • Assisting 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
  • TBA, Summer 2020
  • Minnesota library advocates will spend the day developing and discussing possible legislative priorities, opportunities, and challenges for the upcoming session.


  • March 31, 2020
  • 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 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 here.

For previous years’ materials please consult this Advocacy Archive.