Census Information for Libraries

This page contains library specific census 2020 resource to help with relevant planning, outreach, and programming.

An accurate 2020 Census is crucial to ensuring your community has the services and representation it needs. With the Census moving to an almost exclusively online format, it has never been more difficult to ensure an accurate count. This is where the library plays a vital role. Our role as trusted community messengers, and our locations, often in hard-to-count rural, suburban, and urban areas, mean that we play a critical role in facilitating the public’s right to be counted.

California Census 2020 has created a centralized page with library related resources. These include tips for reaching different hard to count populations, how libraries can help with hiring for the census, and First 5 materials. These can all be found on the California Census 2020 webpage for Libraries.

Census 2020: Libraries Engaging Communities

We all count! This one-hour webinar illuminates how public libraries are bringing attention to the 2020 Census. Four quick presentations highlight the ways that libraries can reach out with programs, key messages, extended hours, and added services to help with census education. Hear how adult literacy volunteer programs can bring together adults to learn about the whys and hows of the Census. For those serving children and families, one library system will tell how it developed census storytime and activity toolkits.

Special note: This webinar is sponsored by the California State Library as part of the 2019/2020 Metrics grant. This initiative was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library should be inferred.


All Kids Count

Young children have historically been difficult to accurately count in the census. To help with this effort First 5 has released an All Kids Count Campaign Toolkit which includes Social media language suggestions, videos, and print materials designed to inform families the importance of counting young children.

Other Toolkits

The Census and Sensibility Toolkit (PDF) is created by California librarians for California librarians. It’s designed to help libraries and library staff more easily access the Census and boost engagement with their community. Use this toolkit to discover more ways libraries can help ensure every Californian gets counted.

The American Library Association has issued the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census (PDF) to help libraries across the country. Among the other resources on this page are answers about privacy questions and links to the census sites for California and the federal government.