Libraries and Census 2020

Last updated: October 16, 2019

Introduction to the Issue: 

The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching and it will be very important for libraries to help maximize participation throughout Illinois. Our representation in Congress, as well as federal funding, including LSTA funding that supports library system delivery, shared catalogs, and per capita grants, depend on an accurate census count.

This page will help alert libraries to the latest census developments. RAILS will add additional resources as they become available, including information about upcoming training for libraries.

Libraries are invited to share their success stories promoting the census and any other comments below.

What RAILS Is Doing: 
In January 2019, our Member Update videoconference included a discussion of the census, featuring a presentation from Mary Riseling, Complete Count Commission Program Administrator, and Joe Natale, the Illinois State Library's representative with the Complete Count Commission.

Email List

RAILS and IHLS library employees may subscribe and browse the discussion list archives from our Email Lists page. Login required to subscribe to the list or view message archives: Census 2020 Email List

RAILS Online Roundtables

RAILS offered two Online Roundtables this summer to help libraries learn more about the Census 2020. Access the recorded versions below:

Other Resources: