Libraries and the Census

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.

Census 2020 Resources

Census 2020 Event

"Libraries and the 2020 Census" Learn how to get your library involved with the 2020 Census. This event was held on July 19, 2019. Speakers included:

  • Denise Raleigh, Division Chief of Public Relations & Communications at Gail Borden Public Library
  • Anita Banerji, Director of Democracy Initiative, Forefront
  • Representative Theresa Mah, Illinois General Assembly, 2nd District

Recording of Event:

RAILS Online Roundtables on Census 2020

This summer, RAILS offered two Online Roundtables to help libraries learn more about the Census 2020. Recorded versions of both of those events are available below: