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Briscoe Library Study Room Guidelines & Reservations

The Briscoe Library has individual and group study rooms on all floors of the library.  These rooms provide both quiet study and group collaboration space and are important to the educational mission of the university.

Who may use a study room? Briscoe Library individual or group study rooms may only be occupied by UT Health Science Center (HSC) students, faculty, residents and staff. All occupants must wear their ID badges so they are always visible. Open study seating is available on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. Classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library building are available for 24/7 study with after-hours access by HSC ID card swipe.

Room reservations: Individual study rooms are on a first-come-first-served basis and are not available for reservation.  Group study rooms can be used on a scheduled or unscheduled basis, with scheduled reservations taking priority. Users are encouraged to be considerate of others and only reserve rooms for the period they will actually use the room, up to a maximum of 4 hours per reservation per day. The scan code or URL located at each room provides information on availability.

How to reserve a room: A group study room may be reserved using the following options:

  1. Reserve online  at www.library.uthscsa.edu/rooms.
  2. Use a smartphone to scan the QR code located outside each room to check availability or reserve a room.
  3. Request a reservation in person at the Circulation Desk or call 210-567-2440.

Reservation policies:

  • A group consists of two (2) or more people.
  • Reservations are limited to HSC ID holders.
  • Group study rooms may be reserved for up to four hours per day.
  • Reservations may be made online up two weeks in advance.
  • Reservations are made for one time room use only. Recurring classes, meetings or events should be reserved through University Scheduling.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse to reserve a room for any group or individual who abuses the facilities or policies.

15 minute grace period:  Group study rooms are always in demand, so a reservation is forfeited if:

  • The group does not show up within 15 minutes of start time
  • Only one person is in the room for more than 15 minutes
  • The room is empty for more than 15 minutes any time after the reservation start time.

Study rooms are self-monitoring:

Groups are highly encouraged to reserve a room because non-reserved rooms are open for anyone to use. If a room is occupied by someone else, a group with a reservation should politely ask the person to give up the room or ask for assistance from library staff on the 3rd floor (210-567-2440). The scan code outside each room provides information on whether a room has been reserved.

Security of personal items: Persons using the library study rooms are cautioned not to leave personal items unattended in the study rooms or anywhere else in the library. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

November 1, 2013

Briscoe Meeting Rooms & Classrooms

Briscoe Library

Computer Lab (LIB 2.011)

Library Computer Lab - Room 2.011

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Capacity: 25

Availability: By reservation, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Features: Projector, instructor station, videoteleconferencing (VTC) equipment. Internet access, Microsoft Office and whiteboards are available. New in May 2013: telephone line ready for speakerphone devices (bring your own device)

Notes: Special software can be installed on these computers with advanced notice.  Please see the room policies for reservation information.

 

Collaboratory (LIB 4.074)

Table set up in LIB 4.074

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Capacity: 20-24

Availability: By reservation, during library hours.  Open for study when not  reserved. (After May 1, 2013, new reservations for laptop training events will not be available.)

Features: Room-wide wireless. General conference/meeting room. Projector, phone line, whiteboard, smartboard. Tables have built-in electrical outlets.

Notes: Please see the room policies for reservation information.

 

Howe Conference Room (LIB 5.070)

Howe Conference Room

Howe Conference Room 2

Capacity: 20

Availability: By reservation, during regular library hours.

Features: Modular meeting space with tables and chairs on wheels. Projector, instructor podium, wireless connectivity.

Notes: This room is only available for booking to university faculty and staff.  Because the room houses more than 1500 rare books this room has special guidelines that must be observed. View the guidelines.

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) Staff

CLHIN’s knowledgeable and dedicated staff are here to help you.

CLHIN Staff

Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services
E-mail: segerp@utscsa.edu

Kathleen Carter, Assistant Director for the Ramirez Library at the RAHC, Harlingen, TX
E-Mail: carterk3@uthscsa.edu

Patrick Lemelle, Outreach Library Assistant
E-Mail: lemellep@uthscsa.edu

Contact Information

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network
Phone: (800) 421-2432
Fax: (210) 567-2463
E-Mail: clhin@uthscsa.edu

Briscoe Library, San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: (210) 567-2400
Fax: (210) 567-2473

Ramirez Medical Library at the RAHC, Harlingen
2102 Treasure Hills
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (956) 365-8850
Fax: (956) 365-8856

Regional Campus Library, Laredo
1937 E. Bustante St.
Laredo, TX 78041
Phone: (210) 567-3704
Fax: (210) 523-7426

Circulation Policies and Privileges

Circulation privileges are available to students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees of the Health Science Center, to area health professionals, and to citizens of Texas aged 18 or older who pay for an annual Courtesy Borrowers card. You must be registered to check out library materials.

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed

Books

14 days

Unlimited1

Journals

1 week2

none

Journals received in the last 30 days

none

n/a

Audio/visuals

1 week

1

Reserve materials

Varies3

none

  1. When a Hold has been placed on an item, no further renewals will be accepted.
  2. Journals may be checked out to eligible borrowers only.
  3. Reserve materials generally circulate for three hours. If checked out within three hours of closing, the materials will be due within one hour of opening the next day.

Returning Materials

Materials may be returned at the Circulation Desk or placed in the Book Drop outside the exit doors. Book drops are also located in the Nursing School, the Student Lounge area and outside the Library building near the entry stairs. Book drops are emptied one hour after opening each morning. Please return reserve materials and audio/visuals inside the Library.

Fines

Materials not returned by the due date and time will accrue fines:

  • Books, journals and audio/visual material fines are $0.50 per day
  • Reserve material fines are $1 per hour
  • Users’ privileges are suspended if fines exceed $15

Fines will not be waived for the following reasons:

  • Late or non-receipt of courtesy overdue notices
  • Failure to notify the library of a change of address
  • Items were lent to someone else who returned it late or failed to return it
  • Items were renewed after the due date
  • Vacation

CLHIN Affiliated Hospitals and Clinics

Doctors Hospital
10700 McPherson Rd
Laredo TX, 78045

Edinburg Regional Medical Center
1102 W Trenton Road
Edinburg, TX 78539

Knapp Medical Center
1401 East 8 St.
Weslaco, TX 78596

McAllen Family Medical Residency Program
205 E. Toronto
McAllen, TX 78503

Mission Regional Medical Center
900 S. Bryan Road
Mission TX, 78572

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
332 W. Commerce St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Uvalde Memorial Hospital
1025 Garner Field Rd.
Uvalde TX, 78801

CLHIN Member Services

Member Services

The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) provides ready access to medical library services, continuing education opportunities to nurses, and workshops on evidence based practice to all participating hospitals’ physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and administrative staff. HOLIDAY SERVICE HOURS 2014: From Monday, December 22nd through Friday, January 2nd, service will not be available through CLHIN. Requests submitted for articles will be processed after January 2nd. Requests for searches related to patient care emergencies should be sent to askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu. This email account will be monitored by on-call librarians periodically between December 22nd and January 2nd.

Request Items

CLHIN Library services provide immediate access to medical library services in the absence of a fully staffed and equipped in-house library. Articles are provided from UT Health Science Center Libraries’ collection of over 4,000 journal titles and searches are conducted by professional librarians on MEDLINE and other medical databases.

Education

Continuing Nursing Education

We teach courses on health information resources that are approved for 1.0 CNE contact hour. Nursing contact hours have been approved through the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  Contact us to have a class taught at your organization.

Ask a Librarian

The CLHIN Staff is here for you. When you have questions or would like guidance on information resources on topics ranging on anything from health care reform to historical and current events in health issues to research trends, the CLHIN staff is here to assist you. We are also available to offer instructional programs on or demonstrations of MEDLINE and other healthcare databases. For questions about any of the Circuit Librarian Program’s services contact us at 800-421-2432.

Collection Resources

The Collection Resources division, led by John Weed, M.S.I.S., Head of Collection Resources, is responsible for print and online journal and book acquisitions, electronic resource licensing and management, consortium participation, cataloging, and binding.

Collection Resources: John Weed

Office Phone:  210-567-2414

Emergency Contact Information is on the Staff Intranet (not publicly available).

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Maintains an inventory of the library collections (primarily using the OPAC)
  • Identifies specific priority collections to be saved or recovered first

During and After a Disaster

  • Supervises the staff and volunteers during collection recovery efforts
  • Assesses damage to the collections; works with Department of Environmental Safety and Health to determine if a mold assessment of the affected collections is necessary
  • Advises Executive Director on the extent of the damage to the collections
  • Locates specific priority collections to be saved or recovered first. Determines which parts of the damaged collection are not worth recovery efforts.
  • Advises Executive Director on the need for a recovery company
  • Determines which items can be recovered in-house and which need to be sent out for recovery. Maintains contact with recovery company until the materials are returned.
  • Supervises in-house cleaning and drying efforts
  • Supervises the processing of all damaged materials
  • Trains staff and volunteers, if applicable
  • Prepares a written report of the recovery and/or relocation activities

Back to Library Disaster Team list.

Computer Use Policy

Meeting the information needs of library users is integral to the Mission of the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries. The library staff endeavors to develop collections, resources and services to meet these needs. It is within this context that the UTHSC Libraries offer access to the Internet and other electronic resources. Any health-related information searching is a legitimate use of these resources.

General Policy

  • Priority use of computers is given to UTHSC affiliates, area health professionals, and users seeking medical information. Health Science Center faculty, staff, and students must log in with their UTHSCSA Domain Username and Password.
  • A limited number of guest computers are available to the general public. Persons not affiliated with the Health Science Center must sign-in at the library Service Desk to use a computer and are limited to a maximum of one hour each day.  Additional time may be granted persons researching health-related topics. University sponsored e-mail programs are allowed and supported. Other web based e-mail programs may be utilized, but library staff may not be able to assist with problems.
  • Library computers may not be used for illegal, unauthorized, unethical, or commercial purposes. Please see the UTHSC’s Computer Ethics Policy and the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 33. Computer Crimes (http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.33.htm).
  • Authorized users of commercially licensed digital products such as electronic journals, books, and databases include UTHSC faculty, staff, and students and walk-in users of the UTHSC Libraries. Remote access to these digital resources is allowed only to UTHSC faculty, staff, and students.
  • Faculty, staff and students with UTHSCSA Domain Accounts may connect to the HSCwave wireless network at any library location.  Wireless networking is not available for other library users, but those users may connect their own computers to the Internet at designated laptop workstations.
  • Computer peripherals (other than personal storage devices or mobile devices) may not be physically attached to library computers or printers except in designated locations.
  • The decision to load personal software is made by library staff on a case by case basis. Personal software may be loaded with the assistance of library staff.
  • Library computer users are discouraged from storing personal files and documents on the Libraries’ computers. Computer users should save their work frequently to a USB drive, to a writable optical disc (i.e. CD/DVD), to an online storage service, or email documents to themselves.
  • All user data is erased from the Libraries’ public computers at least once a day and whenever a computer is rebooted.
  • Viewing of pornographic material may constitute a Class C misdemeanor under Texas Penal Code §43.22 (http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.43.htm#43.22) and may also violate the University’s policies on sexual harassment as stated in section 4.2.2 of the Handbook of Operating Procedures (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/4.2.2.pdf). Users of computers at the library should be aware of the public nature of shared facilities and should take care not to display images or play sounds that could create an atmosphere of harassment for others. For more information, please see the UTHSC Handbook of Operating Procedures Policy 4.2.2 (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/4.2.2.pdf). In addition, the university’s Internet Access Policy (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/5.5.10.pdf) states that “Accessing, posting, or sharing any racist, sexist, threatening, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material (i.e., visual, textual, or auditory entity) is strictly prohibited.”
  • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times. An adult must sit at the same computer workstation with the child.  At the Ramirez Library, to comply with the building access policy, library users under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times.

Acceptable Uses

  • Accessing electronic resources provided by the UTHSC Libraries, such as electronic journals, books, and databases.
  • Use of Internet resources for academic, personal and/or professional study, communication, and/or networking.
  • Accessing the campus wired or wireless network anywhere in the library. Users with UTHSCSA Domain accounts may connect to the HSCwave wireless network using the instructions at http://ims.uthscsa.edu/computer_networking/network_wireless.aspx .
  • Syncing mobile devices.

Unacceptable Uses

  • Any viewing, listening, downloading or copying of material that constitutes copyright infringement, including making unlicensed copies of copyrighted CDs or DVDs.
  • Installation or use of unauthorized peer-to-peer software. See the UTHSC Handbook of Operating Procedures Policy 5.8.11 (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/5.8.11.pdf).
  • Viewing of material considered to be pornographic.
  • The institution reserves the right to audit and review access logs for any given user if it is suspected institutional assets were used in an inappropriate way.

Internet Use

  • The Internet contains a wealth of valuable information resources. However, users should be aware that some information may be inaccurate, outdated or offensive. Library users are advised to exercise judgment and discrimination when evaluating the usefulness and reliability of material found on the Internet. The UTHSC is not responsible for the content, security or reliability of web sites outside the uthscsa.edu domain.
  • Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities.
  • All persons accessing the Internet through UT System computers must abide by The UT System Information Resources Use and Security Policy (UTS 165, available at http://www.utsystem.edu/bor/procedures/policy/policies/uts165.html) or the UT System Information Resources Acceptable Use and Security Policy (INT 124, available at http://www.utsystem.edu/policy/policies/int124.html) and all Texas state laws and regulations concerning use of state property and computing resources.
  • Copyrighted works are protected regardless of the medium in which they are created or reproduced; thus, copyright extends to digital works and works transformed into digital format. Any copyright statements or symbols should be retained when printing a digital document. Please see the UT System Policy on “Use of Copyright Material” (UTS 107, available at http://www.utsystem.edu/policy/policies/uts107.html)
  • UTHSC personnel must abide by the HSC’s Handbook of Operating Procedures Internet Use policy 5.2.8 (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/5.2.8.pdf)

Printing and Digital Transmission of Documents

  • There is a per page charge for printing in the Library. The charge is 10 cents per page for TRAC accounts and 11 cents per page for departmental accounts.
  • A UTHSC ID can be used to create a TRAC account to pay for printing.  Service Desk staff provide guest printing and copying cards for users who do not have a HSC ID card.  The user must provide a valid state-issued ID and pay the total charge when they return the guest card.  Coins or bills cannot be used in the copy machines.
  • In some cases, users can download information to a USB drive instead of printing. Many library databases allow users to e-mail search results instead of printing. License agreements for some electronic journals, books, and other documents stipulate that users may not send a digital copy of an article or other document to other users. If in doubt about an authorized use of a commercially published article, book, or other document, please ask for assistance at one of the Service Desks.
  • No envelopes, labels or transparencies may be placed in the laser printers. Users may insert their own letter or legal size paper into the Manual Feed tray only.

Compliance

The HSC Libraries reserve the right to take appropriate action to ensure compliance with this policy. Library staff have the right to determine appropriateness of workstation use and can, at any time, require the patron to leave the workstation.

Policy effective November 20, 2012
Revisions approved by HSC Executive Committee

Confidentiality of Library User Records

The UT Health Science Center Libraries respect the privacy rights of all customers regarding the use of library facilities. In general, the First Amendment, and the confidentiality of library records, takes precedence over everything except for national security, the threat of immediate injury or harm, and illegal activity.

Appendices 1-4 define the policies and codes that support the library’s position on confidentiality of records. Upon receiving a request from a law enforcement agent, library staff should not turn over any user records but should immediately contact the Executive Director of Libraries or a division director and the Office of Legal Affairs.

Policy

Library user records will not be made available to any individual or to any agency of local, state or federal government, except under the following circumstances:

  1. The library may disclose personal records at its discretion if it is necessary to carry out library policy (i.e. borrower records may be turned over to University Police in the course of attempts to collect overdue library materials).
  2. A library user may request his/her own records.
  3. The library may turn over library use records, if the library is served a valid process, subpoena or court order by a law enforcement agency or prosecutor, or a National Security Letter (NSL). The Office of Legal Affairs is the appropriate office on campus to receive the process and will direct the library in complying with the valid process, subpoena, etc. Whenever possible, library administration will consult with the Office of Legal Affairs before turning over personally identifiable information.

Responsibility

All library staff with access to library user records are responsible for implementation of this policy.

Scope

This policy applies to all library records, including but not limited to records relating to registration for use of BLIS, Ovid or EZProxy, circulation transaction records, computer database searches, use of electronic full-text resources, online search requests, interlibrary loan requests, reference queries, requests for photocopies of library materials, electronic article delivery requests, title reserve requests, use of library computers, browser history, software, servers and the Internet, and the use of audiovisual materials.

Procedures

  1. If approached by a law enforcement officer or prosecutor wishing access to user records, library staff should not respond immediately, but should refer the officer or prosecutor to the person in charge of the library at that time. During normal business hours, the Executive Director of Libraries, a Director or Associate Director should be contacted. If the records request should occur outside of UT Health Science Center business hours (Monday- Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, should be contacted using the library’s emergency contact list located on the intranet. If the Executive Director of Libraries is not available, staff on the main campus should call in this order Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services, Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology, John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, or Keith Cogdill, Director of South Texas Regional Information Services. Staff at branch libraries should contact Keith Cogdill if Rajia Tobia is not available; if neither is available, branch staff should follow the calling sequence for the main campus. Depending on the situation before complying with the request, library administration should contact the Office of Legal Affairs for handling or further instructions, (210) 567-2020. Subpoenas and other documents issued by a court should be delivered by the server to the Office of Legal Affairs.
  2. The Executive Director of Libraries or the director’s representative will speak with the officer or prosecutor, and explain policy as necessary. If the officer or prosecutor has a process, subpoena or court order, the Office of Legal Affairs will verify that the order is in proper form and has been issued with sufficient cause. If no valid papers are presented, the library may refuse to turn over requested records but this determination should be made in consultation with the Office of Legal Affairs. If the subpoena or court order is found to be valid, library staff will produce all records covered in the scope of that order. Staff should follow the subpoena strictly and should not provide any records that are not specifically requested in the legal document. It should be noted that because of the university’s records retention policy, limited retention of circulation records and routine maintenance of equipment such as computer hard disks, requested records may no longer be available. Once a valid legal request for a library use record has been made, if the record or records still exist, then the record should be retained and not destroyed.
  3. Requests for library user records issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act, may contain a “gag” order: the request must be kept confidential and staff may not discuss the incident except with a supervisor, the Executive Director of Libraries or the director’s representative, and the Office of Legal Affairs. No information about the request may be disclosed to any other party including the library user whose records are the subject of the search. A federal district court recently ruled this provision of FISA unconstitutional; however, the government is appealing the court’s decision, and the lower court’s decision is stayed while the government appeals. Therefore, the library must continue to follow the provisions of FISA.
  4. Library staff should contact University Police if they have reason to believe that illegal activity is taking place as result of a user’s inappropriate use of the library’s computer resources. Examples of illegal activities include accessing child pornography or terrorism related activities. In these circumstances, it is preferable that the illegal activity be directly observed by the law enforcement officer.
  5. Occasions may arise when a library patron is using a library computer in violation of the library’s Computer Use Policy (http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/about/computeruse.cfm) which states that playing games or viewing pornographic material is unacceptable. If observed or if a library staff member receives a complaint, library staff is authorized to make the patron aware of the Computer Use Policy. If the patron persists with the unacceptable activity, then library staff are authorized to contact UT Police for further assistance.

Appendices

Appendix 1: Texas Government Code, Section 552.124 (2000) Exception: Records of Library or Library System.

Appendix 2: The USA PATRIOT Act

Appendix 3: ALA Policy Manual (c2002) 52.4 Confidentiality of Library Records

Appendix 4: Library Bill of Rights

Approved by Virginia Bowden, Library Director 6/5/2003
Approved by Mary Moore,
Director of Libraries 2/11/05
Revised and approved by Rajia Tobia,
Executive Director of Libraries 10/17/2008

Revised and approved by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries 8/26/2010

Appendix 1

Texas Government Code, Section 552.124 (2000) Exception: Records of Library or Library System.

  1. A record of a library or library system, supported in whole or in part by public funds that identifies or serves to identify a person who requested, obtained, or used a library material or service is excepted from the requirements of Section 552.021 unless the record is disclosed:
    1. because the library or library system determines that disclosure is reasonably necessary for the operation of the library or library system and the record is not confidential under other state or federal law;
    2. under Section 552.023 [Note: This refers to a person's right to see his/her own records]; or
    3. to a law enforcement agency or a prosecutor under a court order or subpoena obtained after showing a district court that:
      1. disclosure of the record is necessary to protect the public safety; or
      2. the record is evidence of an offense or constitutes evidence that a particular person committed an offense.
  2. A record of a library or library system that is excepted from required disclosure under this section is confidential.

Appendix 2

The USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) of 2001 became law on October 26, 2001. Details of this law can be found at the ALA web site: http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/usapatriotact.html.

Appendix 3

The following is from the ALA Policy Manual (c2002):

52.4 Confidentiality of Library Records

The ethical responsibilities of librarians, as well as statues in most states and the District of Columbia, protect the privacy of library users. Confidentiality extends to “information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, acquired,” and includes database search records, interlibrary loan records, and other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities, or services.

The American Library Association recognizes that law enforcement agencies and officers may occasionally believe that library records contain information which may be helpful to the investigation of criminal activity. If there is a reasonable basis to believe such records are necessary to the progress of an investigation or prosecution, the American judicial system provides mechanism for seeking release of such confidential records: the issuance of a court order, following a showing of good cause based on specific facts, by a court of competent jurisdiction.

The American Library Association strongly recommends that the responsible officers in each library, cooperative system, and consortium in the United States:

  1. Formally adopt a policy which specifically recognizes its circulation records and other records identifying the names of library users with specific materials to be confidential.
  2. Advise all librarians and library employees that such records shall not be made available to any agency of state, federal, or local government except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory power.
  3. Resist the issuance or enforcement of such process, order, or subpoena until such time as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction.

(Revised July 1999)

Appendix 4

Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

  1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
  3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
  4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
  5. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
  6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 18, 1948, by the ALA Council; amended February 2, 1961; amended June 28, 1967; amended January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 24, 1996.