University of South Dakota Inclusive Excellence
University Libraries Inclusive Excellence Statement
The University Libraries provides a safe teaching and learning environment where diversity, inclusiveness, and individual differences are recognized and respected. We are committed to offering services that are grounded in the principles of Inclusive Excellence. Library users may access our varied collection of resources to enrich their teaching, learning and research experience.
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 servies.
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 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 abridgement 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 affirmations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; Febrary 2, 1961, June 27, 1967; Juanuary 23, 1980; inclusion of "age" reaffirmed January 23, 1996.
A history of the Library Bill of Rights is found on the latest edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual.
Although the Articles of the Library Bill of Rights are unambiguous statements of basic principles that should govern the service of all libraries, questions do arise concerning application of these principles to specific library practices. See the documents desingated by the Intellectual Freedom Committee as Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights.