The Alexandrian Public Library, like all libraries, is a forum for information and ideas. The Board of Trustees of the Alexandrian Public Library believes, in accordance with its collection development policy, circulation policies, and public sevice guidelines, that all library users should have equal access to the materials collection of the Alexandrian Public Library.
Accordingly, the Board has adopted the Library Bill of Rights, which provides free access to library materials for everyone the library serves. Ultimately, the APL Board believes in Free Access to Libraries for Minors, an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.
In light of the above paragraph, the Board stands firm on the idea that any restriction of or objection to the use of materials owned by the library has to be the choice of the library user or -- in the case of children under 18 -- their legal guardian. However, realizing that today's youth are given more independence, and that there is a wealth of information available in different formats, the APL Board of Trustees has provided the following options to parents who wish to restrict their children's use of library materials.
on checking out materials do not guarantee that children might not find
other ways to access restricted materials. Nor should having these restrictions
in place imply that there will be no materials in those categories permitted
to them that they or their legal guardians might find insulting, offensive,
or otherwise undesirable. What it does mean is that library staff will
do their best to prohibit children from using their library cards to
check out materials which their legal guardians have restricted them
from checking out.