Funding & SupportRILA urges Governor McKee and the General Assembly to pass the FY25 budget with full funding for libraries and AskRI at the 25% state level prescribed by the RI General Laws.
→ This funding is critical for our public libraries, and was achieved in the FY23 & FY24 state budgets.
Protection of the Freedom to Read
In Rhode Island's obscenity and harmful to minors laws, there is no stated protection for library workers, educators, and museum professionals. All of the other New England states have these protections codified into law.
Across the nation, with increasing frequency, librarians and educators have been subject to criminal prosecution for teaching about health and sexuality and/or circulating books with information about sex, or containing sexual or LGBTQ themes. Efforts to criminalize these normal practices of education and librarianship have included the introduction of legislation and criminal complaints to law enforcement. We will remain steadfast in our defense of intellectual freedom and the freedom to read.
→ RILA advocates to codify legal protections & the Freedom to Read into state law.
RILA advocates for fair access and pricing for digital content to libraries. Currently, libraries face many barriers to meet the ebook needs of Rhode Islanders:
→ RILA calls for legislation that requires reasonable pricing & terms for all licensed digital ebooks and audiobooks that are sold to libraries in Rhode Island.