Please be aware that while Library Services provides many excellent resources and reference librarians to assist you in accessing them, librarians do not provide financial or legal advice. If you need assistance with a money decision, we urge you to contact a qualified financial professional.
What is financial literacy?
According to The President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, financial literacy is
"the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being."
(2008 Annual Report to the President)
Use the information in this Library Guide to learn about managing your money now as a student and throughout your life and career.
What is Money Smart Week?
In 2002, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago launched Money Smart Week, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
Hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media come together once a year in this campaign. They pool resources to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week.
Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The American Library Association is a major partner in this campaign.