Libraries and Census 2020

Last updated: September 1, 2020

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: 

Census Toolkit

This toolkit will help libraries promote the census and the library's role in helping to assure a complete count. You'll find flyers and facts, promotional materials and instructional videos, and specific tools to reach the hard-to-count populations.

Access the Census Toolkit

Census Rack Card

Census Assistance Flyer

List and images of available census promotion items at RAILS



CE Archives: "Libraries and the 2020 Census" Webinar

Email List for Census 2020

What Can You Do?: 

Are you wondering how your library can integrate the Census into your existing programming for young children? Download a printable Pre-K Storybook!

Other Resources: