An Affirmation of the Right to Information

The Montana Library Association affirms the right of every Montanan to freely and confidentially access information and ideas, and to be afforded the opportunity to select from a variety of materials relating to the widest possible spectrum of issues and points of view.

  • The cornerstone of a viable democracy is an informed citizenry.
  • Libraries serve as neutral arenas in which all point of views are made available to all citizens.
  • It is no coincidence that all governments which have attempted the suppression of individual rights have restricted access to information in libraries.
  • Libraries take no position on issues of controversy; rather they collect and provide access to information and points of view so that citizens can freely determine their own thoughts on critical issues.
  • Efforts to censor or restrict access to information are on the rise both nationally and in Montana.
  • The Montana Library Association supports free access to information for all citizens. The Association supports the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights.

Adopted: April 25, 1995