International Library Basics

“Libraries shall make materials, facilities and services equally accessible to all users. There shall be no discrimination due to race, creed, gender, age or for any other reason.”—IFLA Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom

"[F]reedom of expression and the free flow of information, to which it is closely linked, are the essential conditions of the emergence of knowledge societies."—Towards Knowledge Societies," United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Report.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom

Codes of Ethics from Library Associations Worldwide

A Collection of Statements on Intellectual Freedom adopted by National Library Associations

The IFLA Internet Manifesto

The Glasgow Declaration on Libraries, Information Services and Intellectual Freedom

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