Did you know more than 200 libraries are on ballots across the country this election? In some communities, a failed ballot measure means their library will permanently close.
This is a tragedy because, beyond the library, no other institution exists solely to promote the free exchange of information and ideas.
Libraries are vital because they:
- Provide nonpartisan access to quality voter information
- Host forums and debates focused on election issues
- Serve as voting stations and voter registration locations
- Are deeply connected to many of today’s most pressing public policy issues – intellectual freedom, the digital divide, and privacy, to name just a few
Our democracy needs libraries as a thriving public commons. We see this time and time again as we film Free for All: Inside the Public Library. More updates on Free for All soon!
Today we ask: Please vote in this election if you are able, and whether or not there’s a library measure on your ballot, keep our most beloved civic institution in mind as you do.
See you on the other side!