Library Bill of Rights: Interpretations

Although the Articles of the Library Bill of Rights are unambiguous statements of basic principles that should govern the service of all libraries, questions do arise concerning application of these principles to specific library practices.

Following are those documents designated by the Intellectual Freedom Committee as Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights as well as additional resources containing information related to each Interpretation. For convenience and easy reference, the documents are presented in alphabetical order. These documents are policies of the American Library Association, having been adopted by the ALA Council.

Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materials

Access to Digital Information, Services, and Networks

Access to Library Resources and Services Regardless of Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, or Sexual Orientation

Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program

Challenged Materials

Diversity in Collection Development

Economic Barriers to Information Access

Evaluating Library Collections

Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards

Expurgation of Library Materials

Free Access to Libraries for Minors

Importance of Education to Intellectual Freedom

Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries

Labeling and Rating Systems

Library-Initiated Programs as a Resource

Meeting Rooms

Minors and Internet Interactivity


Prisoners Right to Read (Adopted by the ALA Council, July 2010)

Restricted Access to Library Materials

Services to Persons with Disabilities

The Universal Right to Free Expression