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Advocacy & Public Policy


ARL is the collective voice for research libraries and archives on public policy in the US and internationally. We lead on policy and legal issues that advance sustainable, equitable, and barrier-free access to information and culture while protecting core values of privacy and freedom of expression.

Contact Ryan Clough (rclough@arl.org) and Krista Cox (krista@arl.org) to find out how you can get involved.

Stay informed by following the ARL Policy Notes blog and reading the quarterly Advocacy and Public Policy Update.


Libraries Open World of Knowledge for People with Visual Disabilities

On April 23, 2018, World Book and Copyright Day, Gulnaz Juzbaeva made history by borrowing a book. “One of the main obstacles I’ve encountered in school and university is the...

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation provides clear guidance on the legality of archiving legacy software to ensure continued access to digital files of all...

Accessibility

We work with member libraries, higher education associations, disability organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and international organizations on promoting and implementing effective public policies that provide access to knowledge for people...

Public Domain Day

A rich, robust public domain provides the building blocks of creation and culture. Works in the public domain are free to use without permission and can be reproduced, distributed, performed,...

  • Access to Information and Reliance on an Open Internet

    On August 29, 2017, the Association of Research Libraries filed reply comments in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proceeding "In the Matter of Restoring Internet...

  • Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

    The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries is a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and...

  • Copyright Timeline: A History of Copyright in the United States

    18th-19th Centuries | 20th-21st Centuries | Bibliography and Resources The history of American copyright law originated with the introduction of the printing press to England in the late fifteenth century....

  • Fair Use

    Legislation in support of fair use has been considered by the US Congress for many years. These bills sought to ensure the vitality of fair use in the digital environment....

  • Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

    Recognizing the need to centralize government printing and to establish a mechanism to provide US citizens with no-fee access to federal government information, Congress passed the Printing Act of 1895...

  • International Copyright & IP

    ARL, as a member of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), engages on a number of international copyright and intellectual property issues. In addition, ARL monitors Canadian copyright issues via the...

  • Library Copyright Alliance

    The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) consists of three major library associations — the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries—that cooperate...

  • Public Access to Federally Funded Research and Government Information

    Numerous federal statutes, executive orders, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars provide agencies with guidance concerning the creation, collection, maintenance, dissemination, and preservation of government information. Ensuring effective...

  • Three Questions about Privacy for EDUCAUSE President John O’Brien

    Three Questions about Privacy for EDUCAUSE President John O’Brien

    Mary Lee Kennedy and John O'Brien | May 30, 2019 ARL executive director Mary Lee Kennedy invited EDUCAUSE president and CEO John O’Brien to talk about the importance of privacy by...


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