Museum and Library Services Act of 2010

Tue, 12/14/2010 (All day)

Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House, Heritage Square MuseumA bipartisan bill that would authorize approximately $300 million in federal assistance to museums and libraries has passed both the Senate and the House, and is currently awaiting President Obama's signature.

The Museum and Library Services Act of 2010 was authored by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and co-sponsored by Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jon Tester (D-MT).

On his website, Senator Reed is quoted as saying, ‚ÄúLibraries and museums contribute immensely to the quality of life and economic development of our communities [...] This is a smart investment in preserving our heritage and ensuring Americans continue to have free access to information. During the recession, more Americans are turning to their local library to get online, search for a job, and gain critical digital literacy skills. Like libraries, museums also provide 21st century learning opportunities, while connecting communities to the culture, science, art, and events that shape our history."  

To read the press release on the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010 in its entirety, please visit Senator Reed's website at

Americans for the Arts has an Issue Brief on reauthorization of federal museum programs; click here to read it.


Photo: Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House at Heritage Square Museum, taken by Flickr user Floyd B. Bariscale.  Creative Commons licensed for use.