Sign the declaration for the right to libraries

A library supporter signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries at the NYC School Library System conference.

A library supporter signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries at the NYC School Library System conference.

Do you love libraries? Do you believe everyone has the right to freely access ideas and information? You now have the opportunity to make a strong public statement about the value of libraries to individuals, communities and our nation by hosting a Declaration for the Right to Libraries signing ceremony.

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which will build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types (including academic, special, school and public libraries). As part of the signing events, community members, organizations, and officials will visibly sign and stand up for their right to have vibrant libraries in their communities. Signings are being organized at libraries and other locations throughout the nation.

“Libraries provide services that inspire and empower their users to change their lives through education,” said ALA President Barbara Stripling. “The Declaration will serve as an advocacy tool to help communities take action and illustrate the value of their libraries and library staff. Our hope is that library supporters will take advantage of this tool and present collected signatures to local leaders and legislators throughout the year.”

Posters, signing sheets and other materials for the Declaration are available now. Additionally, individual library supporters have the option to sign the Declaration online. Advocates can follow the Declaration campaign on social media:

Jazzy Wright is the Press Officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Email her at jwright@alawash.org.

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