The Leaders Library Card Challenge

The Leaders Library Card Challenge is a national effort to ensure that every child enrolled in school has access to the valuable learning resources available at public libraries. Launched in 2015 by President Obama as part of his ConnectED Initiative, the Library Card Challenge grew out of a belief that more intentional collaboration among chief elected officials, school superintendents, and library directors could improve education outcomes for all students, begin to close achievement gaps, and create a framework for an integrated approach to education. Participation in the Challenge begins with a letter of commitment signed by the chief elected official, school superintendent, and library director.

Sixty communities participated in the first call to action and collectively issued new library cards to more than one million school children in less than one year of work. Many of those cards were first-time virtual cards giving students instant 24/7 access to library resource using their student IDs. A report on the work of the first 60 communities is available at: Stepping Up to the ConnectED Library Challenge: A Call to Action

The Leaders Library Card Challenge is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is led by the Urban Libraries Council.

Alexandria, VA    
Anchorage, AK    
Baltimore, MD    
Baltimore County, MD    
Boston, MA    
Brooklyn, NY    
Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC    
Chattanooga, TN    
Chicago, IL    
Cincinnati-Hamilton County, OH    
Cleveland, OH    
Clinton and Macomb, MI    
Columbus, OH    
Cuyahoga County, OH    
Denver, CO    
District of Columbia    
Durham County, NC    
Fort Collins, CO    
Fort Worth, TX    
Grand Rapids, MI    
Harris County, TX    
Hartford, CT    
Hennepin County, MN    
Houstion, TX    
Howard County, MD    
Indianapolis, IN    
Kansas City, MO    
King County, WA    
Lincoln, NE    
Los Angeles, CA    
Madison, WI    
Marin County, CA    
Memphis, TN     
Milwaukee, WI    
Montgomery, MD    
Nashville, TN    
New Haven, CT    
New York, NY    
Oakland, CA    
Orange County, FL    
Philadelphia, PA    
Pierce County, WA    
Pima County, AZ    
Poudre River, CO    
Prince George's County, MD    
Pueblo City-County, CO    
Ramsey County, MN    
Richland, SC    
Rochester, NY    
Rochester Hills, MI    
Saint Paul, MN    
Salt Lake City, UT    
San Antonio, TX    
San Francisco, CA    
Seattle, WA    
Skokie, IL    
Springfield City, MA    
St. Louis County, MO    
Stark County, OH    
Toledo-Lucas County, OH    
Tulsa, OK    
Washington, DC    


For information about The 2017 Leaders Library Challenge, please contact Colleen Bragiel.