The council of the American Library Association re-affirms its belief in the following basic policies which should govern the services of all libraries:
1. As a responsibility of the library services, books and other reading matter selected should be chosen for values of interest, information and enlightenment of all people in the community. In no case should any material be excluded because of the race or nationality, or political, or religious views of the author.
2.There should be the fullest practicable provision of material presenting all points of view concerning the problems and issues of our times, international, national, and local; and books or other reading material of sound factual authority should not be proscribed or removed from library shelves because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
3. Censorship of books, urged or practiced by volunteer arbiters of
morals or political opinion, or by organizations that would establish a coercive concept of their responsibility to provide public information and enlightenment through the printed word.
4.Libraries should enlist the co-operation of allied groups in fields of science, of education, and of book publishing, in resisting all abridgement of the free access to ideas and full freedom of expression that are the tradition and heritage of Americans.
5. As an institution of education for democratic living, the library should welcome the use of its meeting rooms for socially useful and cultural activities, and discussion of current public questions. Such meeting places should be available on equal terms to all groups in the community regardless of the beliefs and affiliation of the members.