Libraries support unweakened USA FREEDOM Act

For Immediate Release
Wed, 04/29/2015


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

ALA Washington Office


Washington, D.C.—American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young today released the following statement responding to the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, introduced in both chambers of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday evening:

“The latest USA FREEDOM Act is a long way from perfect, but ALA believes that -- if enacted as introduced or improved -- it will make important changes in the USA PATRIOT Act critical to making progress on what will be a long road to restoring library users' and all Americans' civil liberties. We urge immediate passage of this finely-tuned bipartisan, bicameral legislation without dilution and pledge, for our more than 55,000 members and millions of library users, to continue to fight for more and better reform in this Congress and every Congress to come."

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.