Encouraging Americans to fill out the 2020 Census online has taken on increased importance due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The online 2020 Census questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete, and the data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau will help determine federal funding for all U.S. public libraries.
April 1 is National Census Day in the U.S., and ULC member libraries around the country are working hard to ensure their communities receive an inclusive count. Library staff are working with local government agencies to staff phone lines to help individuals complete the Census, hosting informational webinars focused around Census completion and highlighting the importance of being counted via emails, newsletters and social media.
Our Canadian libraries will next undergo a Census in 2021.