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CLC Talking Points: Fund CLC and stretch Connecticut's tax dollarOpen in a New Window

 Fund CLC and stretch Connecticut’s tax dollar.
  • CLC’s statutory charge to negotiate cost savings contracts for Connecticut’s public libraries has been gutted by continual budget cuts. In 2018, state funding only covered 15% of this cost-effective program that saved $7.4 million in hard-earned taxpayer dollars. These cuts have also undermined CLC’s ability to provide professional development and resource-sharing programs.
  • CLC manages over 40 contracts that provide a $60 public service return on investment for every tax dollar used.
  • Our libraries need Connecticut to fund more than 15 percent of CLC’s budget so it can stop bleeding its reserves dry. Restore state support by $208,100 to cover at least 30% of CLC's budget.
  • CLC unifies Connecticut libraries so they can deliver a higher return on taxpayer investments. One CLC replaces duplicative research, purchasing and negotiation activities at over 700 libraries and in every municipality.
  • For specific savings realized by CLC negotiated contracts or services for each legislative district, click here.


CLC Advocacy AlertOpen in a New Window

Advocacy Alert


Read CLC's latest Advocacy Alert here:



Now available: CLC Member Savings by Legislative DistrictOpen in a New Window


Contacting your legislator? You'll want some powerful savings data to show the value of CLC. We have what you need!




Governor's Budget - Flat funding for CLC, most other library linesOpen in a New Window

Governor's Seal


Today, Governor Lamont released his FY 2020 - FY 2021 Biennium Budget. You can view the CT State Library summary page HERE. The full budget is available here.


Key takeaways:

  • CLC ("Support Cooperating Library Service Units") is flat-funded at $124,402 for both FY2020 and FY2021, the same as FY2019.
  • There is a modest increase for DeliverIT ("Interlibrary Loan Delivery Service") in both FY2020 and FY2021.
  • There is a substantial increase in "Personal Services," so as to "annualize funding for state employee wage adjustments." An explanation is forthcoming.
  • All other lines, including ResearchIT ("State-Wide Digital Library") and BorrowIT ("Connecticard Payments") are level-funded.

Please continue to reach out to your legislators and to other library advocates using the information below.




Public Testimony for Libraries: Wednesday, March 6 at the LOBOpen in a New Window

librarians testifying at LOB


The Appropriations Subcommittee for Elementary and Secondary Education (the subcommittee that oversees/recommends library appropriations in the CT budget) will be holding public hearings on Wednesday, March 6 beginning at 4:00pm, Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building. There are 4 ways you can advocate for libraries:

  1. IF YOUR LIBRARY OR YOU PERSONALLY are represented by one of the legislators on this committee, please contact them NOW. Explain why it is important to support libraries. Use the CLA Legislative Agenda and CLC information below for talking points. Use specific, moving examples from your own library and/or your own life.
       Elementary & Secondary Education Subcommittee Members with contact info
       Find your legislator & contact info
  2. Submit official written testimony, which will become part of the public record. Testimony should be in a Word or PDF document and emailed to Please reference the hearing date, March 6. Your testimony can cover all of CLA's talking points, or just ones of particular meaning to you. Note that your document will be posted online.
  3. If you are a strong advocate for libraries and are comfortable testifying, please join us March 6 to make your voice heard. Contact CLA at to be added to the list. Be advised that your turn may be any time from 4:00pm until late at night; the order is determined by lottery that day. Prepare your remarks in advance and limit them to 3 minutes. Here are some tips.
  4. Not up for testifying? Attend the public hearing to show your support.




CLA 2019 Legislative AgendaOpen in a New Window

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The Connecticut Library Association has released its legislative agenda for 2019. Here is what you can do:


Key message:  Restored State Library Funding = More Resource Sharing Across CT


Budgetary Initiatives:

  • Restore state support for the Statewide Digital Library by $415,000
  • Restore state support for Connecticut Library Consortium by $208,100 to cover at least 30% of its budget
  • Restore state support for borrowIT CT by $300,000—that’s .005% of the overall value of the program
  • Restore $250,000 to the Legal Legislative Library Materials line to secure up-to-date online legal resources as well as purchase new titles for the State Library

Legislative Initiatives

  • Net Neutrality: Support equitable access to the internet for all regardless of internet provider or website visited.
  • Census 2020: Libraries are essential, trusted partners in achieving a complete count in the 2020 Census—they need support to host community outreach activities and enable respondents to complete the Census form online.
  • Public Library Regionalization: Adopt legislation that will enable communities to voluntarily regionalize local libraries to provide more robust services.
  • Student Privacy Rights in an electronic age: Support legislation establishing a clause mandating all database contracts conform to the CT Data Privacy Act.
  • Confidentiality of Library Records: Extend the privacy guaranteed to public library records to include academic libraries.


Democrats and Republicans Release Proposed Budgets; Bad News for CLC ContinuesOpen in a New Window

Both the Democrats and Republicans have released their budgets. CLC’s funding is at $124,402 and $118,182 respectively.
In both budgets the delayed start hold back from this past fall was carried over into FY18-19. The Republican budget has an additional 5% cut on top of this. Full details:

On a positive note, borrowIT funding is restored in both budgets: Democrats at $855,438, Republicans at $703,638.


The Case for CLC FundingOpen in a New Window

UPDATED February 2019


CLC's funding has been cut by 63% since 2014. What would be the impact if libraries across the state had to pay over $7.3 million more for the same products and services they are currently getting from CLC? Imagine the cost of every library having to devote resources to negotiating their own bids and contracts.


Recent history of CLC funding and Return on Investment (ROI)


FY Ending



Amount Received
after holdbacks
& rescissions




 2012 $350,000  $332,500  $6,225,316  $17.72
 2013 $350,000  $332,500  $6,821,378  $19.52
 2014 $332,500  $332,500  $7,124,258  $20.43
 2015 $332,500  $315,875  $7,252,273  $21.96
 2016 $190,000  $185,444  $7,394,659  $38.88
 2017 $190,000 $174,800 $7,487,831  $41.84
 2018 $184,300  $124,402 $7,320,548  $57.85
 2019 $184,300  $124,402  TBD  TBD
 2020 *$124,402 TBD    

*Governor's proposed figure

**For every state dollar spent funding CLC, Connecticut libraries saved this amount. Formula: (savings-grant)/grant



Cuts to current year State Library budget include 33% holdback for CLCOpen in a New Window

Since the budget was passed last fall, the Governor has unveiled a holdback plan that makes additional funding reductions. These include a "Delayed Start," which is essentially eliminating the first grant payment for grant funded programs, including CLC. This cut, combined with an overall 10% reduction, leaves CLC with approximately 33% less funding for the current year than was originally announced.


The chart below details the cuts to the State Library Budget for the current (17/18) fiscal year:


   FY18 Appropriated FY18 Allotments after OPM Holdbacks Percent Reduction
 Personal Services 5,019,931 4,815,759 4%
 Other Expenses 426,673 405,339  5%
 State-Wide Digital Library (researchIT) 1,750,193 1,575,174  10%
 Interlibrary Loan Delivery Service (deliverIT) 276,232 244,853  11%
 Legal/Legislative Library Materials 638,378 574,540  10%
 Support Cooperating Service Units (CLC) 184,300 124,402  33%
 Connecticard Payments (borrowIT) 781,820 703,638  10%
 AGENCY TOTAL 9,077,527 8,443,705 7%



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