104. ALA Library Bill of Rights

Originally adopted June 2007. Current version adopted April 2016. Last review, March 2022. Next review, March 2025.

The Marshall-Lyon County Library and its Board support the American Library Association’s (ALA) Bill of Rights, which provides the foundation for open and equal access to the Library Services, Programs and other resources. The following guides the Library and its Board in all public policies and interpretations:

  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 abridgment 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.
  7. All people, regardless of origin, age, background, or views, possess a right to privacy and confidentiality in their library use. Libraries should advocate for, educate about, and protect people’s privacy, safeguarding all library use data, including personally identifiable information.

For more information and a history of the ALA Library Bill of Rights, please refer to https://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations.