The Declaration for the Right to Libraries


The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of 2013-2014 ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school, and public.

Libraries of all types have held signing ceremonies, where community members have visibly declared their right to have vibrant libraries in their community.  The signing ceremony serves as the launching point for continued and vibrant community engagement to:

  • Increase public and media awareness about the critical role of libraries in communities around the  country
  • Inspire ongoing conversations about the role of the library in the community
  • Cultivate a network of community allies and advocates for the library
  • Position the library as a trusted convener to help in the response to community issues



School Libraries and certified School Librarians are critical for student success today more than ever!  Download the Declaration for the Right to School Libraries here!