T. Intellectual Freedom – Library Bill of Rights
Approved by Board 12-10-98
All libraries stand strongly for the freedom of thought, the freedom of
intellectual activity, the freedom of communication. Therefore, in materials
selection policies libraries must select with the view to present all sides of an
issue, not just one particular opinion. For this reason, this library subscribes to
the philosophy, policies, and spirit set forth by the American Library Association’s
“Library Bill of Rights” and “Freedom to Read Statement” and the Educational
Film Library Association’s “Freedom to View.” These documents support the
guarantee of freedom of the press as stated in the First Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States.
Library Bill of Rights
(Revision adopted January 23, 1980 by the ALA Council)
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for
information and ideas, that the following basic policies should guide their
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgement of free expression and free access to ideas.
5. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background or views.
6. 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.