IMLS and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are partnering to develop financial education tools and share best practices with the public library field. IMLS is helping the bureau’s Office of Financial Education work with local public libraries, library associations, state and federal agencies, and national financial education leaders to generate interest in financial education and to provide programs and build collections for libraries of all sizes and in all communities. The goal of our partnership is to provide tools and materials to help libraries provide free, unbiased financial information and referrals in their communities, and to build local partnerships and promote libraries as community resources.
Read the Memorandum of Understanding (PDF, 771KB)
Watch now! Video from the April 7, 2014 event to launch the partnership.
Financial Literacy content on the IMLS website:
July 7, 2014 03:02 PM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau presents a webinar July 10 about resources to help library customers make more informed decisions about money.
April 6, 2015 03:58 PM
During SmartCheck Week, April 6-12, 2015, you and your library customers can use the tools at SmartCheck.gov to check the background of financial professionals.
January 15, 2015 03:53 PM
During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives.
August 8, 2014 09:22 AM
Resources on financial literacy, such as print materials, program ideas, and web resources, are available to librarians from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The New York Public Library (NYPL) introduced Money Matters, a project to educate library staff on the core concepts of personal finance and related reference sources. The program also made the staff more open to the idea of hosting presentations by experts who provided personal finance training that was needed most by their neighborhood communities. NYPL also made the project training materials freely available.