National Library Week 2020

Posted on Apr 21, 2020

American Library Association (CHICAGO) – The novel Coronavirus crisis has dramatically and quickly changed American life.   Most libraries have closed their physical buildings on the recommendation of public health officials and the American Library Association (ALA), but remain open for business online and continue to support their communities with resources, services and programs.

As the impact of the current public health crisis continues to evolve and change the work of libraries and library workers, libraries are proving resourceful and resilient, serving as a rich pipeline for content, delivering access to ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more.

Just as libraries are pivoting in response to the current situation, the ALA is changing the focus of its annual National Library Week celebration, which will be held April 19-25, 2020.

The theme for National Library Week (NLW) 2020, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen before the emergence of the global pandemic. To acknowledge our altered landscape, ALA flipped the script a bit on the theme. “Find the library at your place” highlights how libraries are offering virtual services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.

survey conducted by the Public Library Association, a division of ALA, confirmed that public libraries, while closed to the public, have continued to expand access to digital resources, launch virtual programs, and coordinate services with local government agencies.

National Library Week will include the following activities:

On Monday, April 20, the ALA will release its “State of America’s Libraries Report.” The annual report provides trend information for all types of libraries and will include the highly anticipated “Top Ten List of the Most Challenged Books of 2019.”

Tuesday, April 21, is National Library Workers Day. Libraries and communities will recognize librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day. Library users are invited to “Submit a Star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee at Each testimonial will be posted in the “Galaxy of Stars” on the NLWD website to honor deserving library workers.

Wednesday, April 22, is National Bookmobile Day, which recognizes the role of bookmobiles and direct‐delivery outreach services. For more than a century, library bookmobiles have provided access to information and technology by taking resources directly to communities.

Thursday, April 23, is Take Action for Libraries Day, a national library advocacy effort to highlight the library community’s work in safeguarding funding for the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which serves as a critical funding resource for every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories to support libraries and museums.

April is School Library Month, which is sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the ALA.

Maia and Alex Shibutani, a.k.a. the ShibSibs, two-time Olympic bronze medalists, three-time world medalists, Four Continents Figure Skating Champions, and two-time U.S. National Champions, are the Honorary Chairs of National Library Week.

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is observed each April by ALA and libraries across the country.  For more information on National Library Week, please visit or follow #NationalLibraryWeek