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Library Bill of Rights

The Library Bill of Rights …

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for
information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide
their services.

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the
interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the
community the library serves. Materials should not be
excluded because of the origin, background, or views of
those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information
presenting all points of view on current and historical issues.
Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of
partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of
their responsibility to provide information and
enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups
concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and
free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or
abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms
available to the public they serve should make such facilities
available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or
affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.


Adopted June 18, 1948.
Amended February 2, 1961; June 28, 1967; and January 23, 1980,
inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996,
by the ALA Council.