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


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 19, 1939.

Amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27,

1967; and January 23, 1980;

inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996, by the ALA Council.