The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on June 07, 2019 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryNewscategoryMember Tips

The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census

The American Library Association recently released the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census (PDF), a resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.

The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census provides everyday information that will help library staff address potential patron and community questions regarding the upcoming 2020 Census. ALA, with support from its 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force, partnered with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality to develop the guide.

The guide includes:

  • basic information about the Census process,
  • highlights of new components in the 2020 Census, such as the online response option,
  • frequently asked questions,
  • a timeline of key Census dates,
  • contact information, and
  • links to additional resources.

The ALA plans to provide additional resources for library practitioners in the months leading up to Census Day on April 1, 2020.

Since 1876, as the oldest and largest library association across the globe, the ALA has continuously delivered upon its mission to provide leadership, development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services.

The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census (PDF) is available for free download at



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