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De Paul Library Policies: Intellectual Freedom

ALA Library Bill of Rights

The De Paul Library abides by the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights as stated below.

ALA 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 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.

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.

Free Expression of Ideas

To meet research and study needs, materials will be purchased to reflect a wide variety of viewpoints and modes of expression, even those of a controversial nature. No items will be excluded from the collection because of the race or nationality of the authors, or the political, moral, or religious views expressed therein.

Contact the Library Director to register a complaint or request consideration of removal of such materials. Specify, in writing, the exact title and reason for concern, so a process of review can be initiated, in context of the above policy.

Librarians

Danielle Dion, MBA, MLIS, MA
Vice President, Keleher Learning Commons and Student Development
danielle.dion@stmary.edu
913-758-6111

Contact Danielle for division administration needs and suggestions.


Ashley Creek
Director of the Keleher Learning Commons

ashley.creek@stmary.edu
913-758-4329

Contact Ashley for instruction requests, collection suggestions, donations, faculty research needs, circulation related questions, interlibrary loan requests, reserves, as well as to get help with educational technology.