Contact Your Legislator

Legislative Contacts

OLC Legislative Network

The Legislative Network supports the OLC in its advocacy efforts on behalf of public libraries. Find your Legislative Network contact (PDF).

What To Do…

Always remember three most important principles when contacting legislators in person or in print:

  1. Be accurate
  2. Be brief
  3. Provide information they do not have

Identify yourself, including city, county and library.

List bill number(s) of issues that concern you.

List why the bill is a (good/bad) idea – legislators want to know who is touched by your issues and how they are affected.

Share a story that tells the impact of each bill/issue – personalize to your library

Be specific in what you want: vote yes, vote no, speak to someone on a committee, etc.

Tell why your position is a good idea – if possible, give 3 reasons.

Be sure legislators understand the following:

  1. Who you are
  2. What you want
  3. Where the issue is in the process
  4. When the next step is likely
  5. What the effect is on real people in your library/community

Keep it short; one page per issue is recommended; if you need to do so, send more information later.

Always follow-up with a thank you note for the meeting.

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