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  • August 31, 2020

The Census Helps Libraries

The Census Helps Libraries

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The Census Helps Libraries

The 2020 Census Deadline has been Extended. Be Counted!

More people counted = more funding for libraries. Did you know that census data helps determine funding for library services, like librarians, books, computers, and digital resources? By responding to the census, you can help make sure the programs you rely on get federal funding.

Being counted will help your family and community. Census information is used to decide how much federal money your community will receive over the next 10 years for libraries, schools, housing, child care centers, parks, senior services, hospitals, emergency services, public transportation and roads, and other services we rely on in LA County.

Everyone counts, regardless of immigration status. It doesn’t matter if you are undocumented, an asylee, or are a legal permanent resident. You can participate in the census. Everyone who lives with you must be counted—including infants, children, friends, relatives, and roommates.

The census is private. Under current federal laws, your responses are kept confidential and can only be used by the government to produce statistics. It is illegal for any census information to be shared with anyone outside the US Census Bureau.

It’s fast and easy. The census can be completed in just 10 minutes from home, either online or by phone. Help yourself, your family and your community. Go to, or call 844.330.2020 to be counted by phone. Information is available in 59 languages, including in-language guides.

Time is running out. About half of LA County’s residents still need to be counted. LA County’s goal is to count all its residents, regardless of age, race, ethnicity or citizenship status. Please help us reach that goal and ensure our libraries and communities get the funding we need by completing your census and encouraging your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same!

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