Office for Information Technology Policy

1615 New Hampshire Ave NW
First Floor
Washington, DC Ā 20009-2520

Phone: 202-628-8410
Fax: 202-628-8419


The Office for Information Technology Policy advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. It works to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public.


E-rate & Broadband

  • ALA urges support for broadband access for low-income persons in comments to FCC on Lifeline modernization.
  • ALA engages national initiative to support broadband opportunity for public housing residents.

  • ALA, other library organizations write letter urging collaboration and planning to ensure broadband gains for libraries through E-rate reform.

Net Neutrality

  • ALA joins library coalition in requesting permission to file an amicus brief supporting an open internet in U.S. Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission.
  • Presidents of ALA, ACRL write net neutrality column entitled, "The Bandwidth Battle" in April 2015 edition of Currents Magazine.


  • Explore an archive of the OITP Copyright Education Subcommittee's CopyTalk webinars.

  • ALA, ACRL encouraged by Eleventh Circuit Court "fair use" decision in Georgia State University case.

  • Copyright term takes center stage at recent House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing. 

  • ALA, LCA praise second circuit ruling affirming fair use in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust.

Digital Content

Policy Revolution! 

3D Printing

  • OITP releases report exploring policy implises,    cations of 3D printing.
  • OITP, PLA, United for Libraries release tip sheet for library professionals on 3D printing and public policy.


oitp publicationsOITP produces and disseminates publications to inform and engage national policy makers, the library community, and other relevant communities. These publications address the range of OITP issues that includes copyright, public and open access to information, library connectivity, telecommunications policy, privacy, and the future of libraries.


OITP depends on a variety of consultants and committees as well as the staff to accomplish OITP Mission and goals.  OITP people index



OITP’s work focuses on three areas: public access to information, network and connectivity issues, and the role of America's libraries in the 21st century. In addition to  these three areas of expertise, OITP maintains a Fellows Program  in order to hear from experts in related fields and stay abreast of cutting edge issues facing libraries today.

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