Declaration for the Right to Libraries

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries was the cornerstone document of 2013 - 2014 ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school and public.Libraries of all types held signing ceremonies, where community members have visibly declared their right to have vibrant libraries in their community. 

The national campaign has ended, but the Declaration for the Right to Libraries can still be effective at the local level.

  Man signing Declaration for the Right to Libraries    Man signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries

The signing ceremony is intended to serve as the launching point for continued and vibrant community engagement to:

  • Increase public and media awareness about the critical role of libraries in communities around the  country
  • Inspire ongoing conversations about the role of the library in the community
  • Cultivate a network of community allies and advocates for the library
  • Position the library as a trusted convener to help in the response to community issues