About Us

EveryLibrary helps public, school, and college libraries win bonding, tax, and advisory referendum, ensuring stable funding and access to libraries for generations to come.

WHY EVERYLIBRARY
EveryLibrary is a nonprofit social welfare organization chartered to work on local library ballot initiatives. The organization is registered in Illinois and receives contributions from individuals, corporate, union, and political donors. We work with local ballot committees and PAC leaders in support of local library ballot measures, library staff and leadership on effective Information Only campaigns, on specific state legislative measures which impact libraries ability to act as districts, and independently to advocate for specific library initiatives among the voting public.

WHAT WE DO
EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to local ballot committees and PACs, as well as conducting direct voter advocacy in support of library taxing, bonding, and referendum. Our training and coaching for library staff and leadership in advance of an Information Only campaign is uniquely focused.

WHO WE WORK WITH
EveryLibrary is a non-partisan, pro-library organization with an alignment toward sustaining libraries as they evolve and grow in the 21st century. EveryLibrary is a coalition partner with other organizations, associations, and non-profits that seek to support libraries through public awareness and advocacy.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
EveryLibrary is building a community of donors who are ready to support library funding on Election Days across the country. Your support is foundational to the success of library taxing, bonding, and referendum in the years to come. Please consider a donation to EveryLibrary today and help us continue to build a new, unique, and active organization for libraries at the ballot box.

WHAT ARE CONTRIBUTIONS USED FOR?
Contributions will be used for voter awareness campaigns and helping local library ballot committees win at election time. EveryLibrary will use a portion of contributions to cover overhead, staffing, and development or acquisition of voter awareness tools and campaign materials. Contributions by individuals, corporations, foundations, and unions to EveryLibrary are not tax-deductible.

WILL MY PLEDGE AND CONTRIBUTION BE PUBLIC?
As a 501(c)4 organization, EveryLibrary is not required to disclose the names of donors or amounts of contributions that further its mission and purpose of advocating for library ballot initiatives. However, EveryLibrary enables donors to self-disclose their intent or amount of support when contributing or pledging. If you would like to make your support for libraries known by name, please check the appropriate box on EveryLibrary’s online donation form. All records that are required to be maintained for IRS reporting are done so in full compliance with the law and regulation.

EVERYLIBRARY BOARD
Board Biographies
We were pleased to welcome three new members of the Board in 2014: Peter Bromberg, associate director for public services at Salt Lake County (UT) Public Library; Mel Gooch, learning and instruction coordinator for San Francisco (CA) Public Library; and Lindsay Sarin, MLS program coordinator for University of Maryland, College Park. They joined founding board members Erica Findley, cataloging/metadata librarian at Multnomah County (OR) Public Library, PC Sweeney, administrative librarian at Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library, and John Chrastka, Executive Director in direct outreach, campaign support, conference speaking, fundraising and organization management. This growth in our Board helped facilitate the growth in our campaign support.

OUR ADVISERS
In addition to the Board of Directors, EveryLibrary is proud to be assembling our Advisory Board of librarians, trustees, and citizen-advocates from around the library world to help guide, shape, and realize its vision of support for libraries at the ballot box.  The Advisory Board will be 12 – 15 people from public, academic, and school library settings who are dedicated to seeing libraries win support for bonds, levies, millages, taxes, and referendum.