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Levin, Senator Jack Reed Introduce Legislation to Modernize Library Infrastructure

Rep. Andy Levin: “[On March 3, 2021], Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI) teamed up with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) to introduce the House companion of S.127, the Build America’s Libraries Act, which provides long-term improvements to library facilities and updates library infrastructure, prioritizing libraries in predominantly low-income and underserved communities. The Build America’s Libraries Act authorizes a $5 billion fund to modernize American library infrastructure and ensure that all Americans have access to high-tech, state-of-the-art library facilities… The Build America’s Libraries Act authorizes a $5 billion Build America’s Libraries Fund for library infrastructure and modernization projects. Eligible uses include:

  • Constructing, renovating, modernizing, or retrofitting library facilities, including by enhancing facilities to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and vulnerability to natural disasters;
  • Investing in library infrastructure projects to improve Internet access and connectivity;
  • Improving energy and water efficiency and indoor air quality and ventilation;
  • Reducing or eliminating the presence of potential hazards to library staff and patrons, including toxic substances, lead, mold, mildew and unsafe drinking water;
  • Making library facilities more accessible to people with disabilities; and
  • Assessing the condition of existing library facilities and the need for new or improved library facilities and developing facilities master plans…”

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