Guidelines, Standards, and Frameworks

ACRL is the source that the higher education community looks to for Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks on academic libraries. ACRL develops Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks to help libraries, academic institutions, and accrediting agencies understand the components of an excellent library. These Standards, Guidelines, Frameworks, and model statements are reviewed and updated by the membership on a regular basis. The ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures contains complete information on the creation and review of ACRL Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks.

ACRL’s Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks are provided as a free resource to the academic library community. Your donation to the ACRL Advancement Fund, which supports initiatives that strengthen ACRL’s influence in higher education and its ability to create diverse and inclusive communities in the association and the profession, assists us as we continuing to provide these important resources.

Alphabetical list of ACRL standards, guidelines, and frameworks

Topic area list of ACRL standards, guidelines, and frameworks

  • Archival and research copies of past versions of ACRL Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks are available in the print edition of C&RL News.
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  • The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA) license.
  • Subject-specifc information literacy documents are under review and revision to reflect the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
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  • Non-English translations of ACRL Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks are contributed by individual volunteers from the library community and are not vetted by ACRL. Neither ACRL nor American Library Association is responsible for translation errors.
  • For other ACRL documents that are not Standards, Guidelines, or Frameworks (for example, white papers, position statements, and reports from ACRL and ALA units), vist the White Papers & Reports page.