Useful Links About Federal Legislative Issues

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Legislative Action Center

The Legislative Action Center (LAC) is ALA's pipeline to Capitol Hill. It features updates on all the important library-related legislation making its way through Congress. More importantly, it allows you to send an email or fax directly to your Members of Congress! Be sure to type in a personalized story or description about how the legislation you're writing about impacts your library. If you experience problems with or have questions about the LAC, please email Alston Roberts. And don't hesitate to pick up the phone, too! Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202.225.3121 to contact your Members of Congress.

District Dispatch

District Dispatch is the official blog of the ALA Washington Office. You can view press releases, library-related legislation, updates from OITP and virtually all vital information from the Washington Office. Sign up for the blog's RSS feed to make sure you get all the news! Do you prefer to listen to updates about federal issues, policy and advocacy on your iPod, in your car or at your desk? Then check out the podcast series produced by the Washington Office!


ALAWON stands for ALA Washington Office Newsline. It's a free, irregular e-mail publication of the ALA Washington Office, keeping library advocates up to date on major legislative issues in the Nation's Capital. For the most current issues, please visit the ALA Washington Office's blog, District Dispatch, and click on the ALAWON link in the side bar. For past issues, please see the ALAWON Archives. Contact information, including addresses, phone numbers, e-mail address, and Web links contained in the ALAWON issues were correct at the time of publication, but are, of course, subject to change or deletion by their owners or publishers.

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ALA Office of Government Relations

Are you interested in viewing information solely related to federal legislation? The Office of Government Relations homepage contains a menu that links you to information about each federal issue that impacts libraries.

ALA Office for Information Technology Policy

Are you interested in the underlying information technology policy implications and research that is related to federal legislative issues? The Office for Information Technology Policy homepage contains links to import studies and analysis about libraries.

Tracking the status of federal legislation:

Tracking bills, votes, senators, and representatives: