ALA launches campaign as it nears its 150th anniversary

As America itself prepares to celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2026, the country and the American Library Association are intertwined in ensuring that all people can participate in democracy. 

The American Library Association (ALA) will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2026. The association will recognize and commemorate the leadership and support that ALA has provided to library workers, library users, library trustees and supporters throughout the United States and the world. ALA has been an essential professional venue for learning, sharing, networking, and advocacy. 

“For 150 years, ALA has played a key leadership role in supporting free and unfettered access to information. Our association has advocated for and protected the freedom to read and has battled censorship attempts that are on the rise throughout the country,” said Emily Drabinski, ALA president. “Our anniversary in 2026 is the perfect time to showcase the work of ALA to support librarians throughout the country and the increasingly important role they play in their communities, colleges and schools.” 

“We are excited about the campaign’s potential to draw on the initiative and enthusiasm for this work with partners within ALA, the broader library community, and among the many friends and allies of libraries,” said Interim Executive Director Leslie Burger. “We look to the Commemoration Committee for the many activities to celebrate this notable milestone, and to the Fundraising Campaign Committee to coordinate development efforts to support librarians as they create the libraries of the future.” 

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