Declaration for the Right to Libraries

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of 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.

In the next year, libraries of all types will hold signing ceremonies, during which community members can visibly declare their right to have vibrant libraries in their community.  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

School Library Month Focuses on Declaration for the Right to School Libraries

April is National School Library Month!  Around the country school libraries are celebrating by hosting Declaration for the Right to School Libraries signing events. 

The Declaration for the Right to School Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of ALA, focuses on the vital role that school libraries play in students’ education. Among the concepts covered is the idea that school libraries are integral to literacy and lifelong learning, whether it’s to sharpen reading skills or learn critical thinking skills that will help them navigate the internet.  For those without access to print materials or the internet at home, school libraries level the playing field, allowing everyone an equal chance at success and education.  Read more...


Sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries!