BILL OF RIGHTS
American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for
information and ideas, and that the following basic principles should guide
- 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
- Libraries should provide
materials and information presenting all points of view on current and
historical issues. Materials should not be prescribed or removed because of
partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
- Libraries should challenge
censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information
- Libraries should cooperate with
all persons and groups concerned with resisting the abridgement of free
expression and free access to ideas.
- A person’s right to use a
library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or
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.