Library Bill of Rights

The Anoka County Library Board adopts the principles of the Library Bill of Rights as the foundation for its policy on the development of the Library collection and will uphold the tenets of the "Freedom to Read.” (See Appendix II for Freedom to Read statement). The Anoka County Library, as a member of the American Library Association, affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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. (Library Bill of Rights, 1996 Edition (See Also: "The Freedom to Read" Statement - Appendix II)

Process

This policy is reviewed every four (4) years by the Library Director (or designee) who makes recommendations to the Library Board Policy Committee.  The Committee reviews and revises as necessary, endorses and advances to the full Library Board for approval.

Policy History
Date Approved: 2015
Next Review Date: April 2019