A public library has a role as an unbiased source of information and ideas, providing free and equitable access for the community.

PDF iconAccess to information in New South Wales public libraries: Library Council of New South Wales Guideline

This guideline is framed with reference to the Library Act 1939 and the principles expressed in the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Statements on Free Access to Information and Online Content Regulation. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom also informed this guideline.

Incorporating advice from the New South Wales Crown Solicitor, this guideline will assist libraries to comply with the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Act 1995, and address inappropriate or unlawful use of the Internet by library clients (see Part 7, Explanatory note and procedures).

For more information, contact Public Library Services staff.