Summary of Positions
- All published works must be available for libraries to purchase and lend to library users.
- Access to and use of eBooks must equitably balance the rights and privileges of readers, authors, and publishers.
- Digital content must be accessible to all people, regardless of physical or reading disabilities.
- Library patrons must be able to access digital content on the device of their choosing.
- Reading records must remain private in the digital age.
After several years of relative stability, the publisher eBook licensing terms for library lending are again shifting in disconcerting directions. ALA has a longstanding commitment to ensuring all people have access to the world's knowledge through our nation's libraries, regardless of format. Many new models for library digital lending will make it difficult for libraries to fulfill our central mission—ensuring access to information for all. ALA is exploring all possible avenues to ensure that libraries can continue to purchase and lend at pricing models that are reasonable and flexible. Access to and use all published works—regardless of format—must equitably balance the rights and privileges of readers, authors, and publishers.
- May 27, 2023: Letter to RI Legislature supporting S 0498 to ensure libraries can purchase eBooks at reasonable terms
- April 26, 2022: Letter to RI Legislature supporting S 2842 to protect library & patron access to eBooks
- April 4, 2022: State Legislative Efforts Update
- October, 2021: Letter to NY Governor Kathy Hochul urging the passage of eBooks legislation
- March 17, 2020: ALA's Response to cancellation of Macmillan embargo
- Correspondence Archive
- Graphics and social media templates for state-level eBooks advocacy
- Includes customizable options for multiple platforms
For more information, tools, and resources about ALA's work on eBooks, please visit eBooksForAll.org.