Children’s Rights To Information

Something that surprised me during this week’s readings came from the ALA’s Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors. It states that “Every restriction on access to, and use of, library resources, based solely on the chronological age, educational level, literacy skills, or legal emancipation of users violates Article V.”

This is actually something I had recently wondered about in regards to whether libraries let minors take out R-rated movies. Technically, this is against the Library Bill of Rights, but I do know of some libraries who have this in their policy.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child In Child Friendly Language leaves more wiggle room for instances like this. Article 17 states that “You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources. Adults should make sure that the information you are getting is not harmful, and help you find and understand the information you need.” While it states that children have the right to information from various sources, it allows for adults to decide what material is appropriate for them.


American Library Association. Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors. Retrieved from

UNICEF. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child In Child Friendly Language. Retrieved from


One thought on “Children’s Rights To Information

  1. The library I work at does not enable children to check out adult materials or R rated movies on their children’s library card (I’m not 100% sure what the age limit is). However, an adult can check out anything, so if there’s something a child wants that is restricted, they need an adult to check it out for them. Which sometimes results in parents saying no because the material is inappropriate, and other times parents are more lax about it and say okay.


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