The American Library Association’s Library Users’ Bill of Rights
The American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Library Users’ Bill of Rights was adopted by the ALA Council on June 18, 1948. It was amended on February 2, 1961, and January 23, 1980, and inclusion of “age” was reaffirmed on January 23, 1996.
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
SOURCE: See the American Library Association Web site at http://www.ala.org/work/freedom/lbr.html.
about who was reading which books. Many libraries were early adopters of systems in which patrons were identified by the numbers on their library cards. Only the library could make the correlation between the numbers and the people to whom they were assigned. The records of who had checked out the books (often available on paper cards placed in the books when those books were on the shelves) contained only the numbers. Further, more complete records linking numbers to names were destroyed soon after the book had been returned.
Although there are no federal laws protecting the privacy of library patrons, 48 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws and the other two states have prevailing opinions from their attorneys general.