PART III. Protecting the Freedom to Read

Part III Protecting the Freedom to Read presents the texts and historical development of ALA’s intellectual freedom policies and guidelines and gives concrete examples of problems librarians can expect to encounter or should anticipate in formulating policy for their own institutions.

This section is organized by broad topic area.  Full text of the policies and guidelines can be found below. For more historical information, please consult the print edition of the Manual.

Section 1

The Freedom to Read

Section 2

Libraries: An American Value

Section 3


Section 3 includes: Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Policies, Regulations, and Procedures Affecting Access to Library Materials, Services, and Facilities; Guidelines for the Development of Policies and Procedures regarding User Behavior and Library Usage; Dealing with Concerns about Library Resources; and Related Policies, Statements, and Documents.

Section 4

Policies and Statements Related to Confidentiality, Privacy, and Governmental Intimidation

Section 4 includes: Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records; Suggested Procedures for Implementing “Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records;" Resolution on the Retention of Library Usage Records; Policy concerning Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information about Library Users; Guidelines for Developing a Library Privacy Policy: Privacy Tool Kit; RFID in Libraries: Privacy and Confidentiality; Policy on Governmental Intimidation; and Related Policies, Statements, and Documents.