Freedom to Read

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Freedom to Read Statement from Mesa County Libraries

  • Mesa County Libraries (MCL) provide free and convenient access to materials that provide the widest range possible of viewpoints, opinions, and ideas, allowing individuals to learn, discover, create, and connect.
  • MCL is committed to the values of respect and integrity, believing that it is our responsibility to be unwavering in our dedication to fostering a welcoming and safe community space where ALL people are valued, represented, and acknowledged.
  • MCL supports the right of each individual and family to think and decide for themselves, to have their own opinions, and to read what they want. Protecting individuals’ right to access information is integral to a free, self-governed and informed society.


Freedom to Read FAQs

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 enlightenment.

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.

VII. 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.

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; January 29, 2019.

Inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.