Adopted June 18, 1948 by the ALA Council
Revised February 2, 1961
Revised June 27, 1967
Revised January 23, 1980
Inclusion of "age" reaffirmed January 23, 1996, by the ALA Council
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and
ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
- Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and
enlightenment of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the
origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
- 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
- Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide
information and enlightenment.
- Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment 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 views.
- 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.
Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library.
The only entrance requirement is interest.
- Lady Bird Johnson
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