The Gardiner Public Library is unconditionally opposed to all attempts at censorship on any grounds whatsoever and will always defend the collection against those who would deny their fellow citizens free access to materials they personally find offensive. This board believes that censorship is a purely individual matter and that this right of censorship may not be used to restrict the First Amendment rights of others. Requests for material restriction or removal will be referred to the Board of Trustees.
The Gardiner Public Library endorses the "Library Bill of Rights" and "Freedom to Read" statements adopted by the American Library Association and incorporates them into the library's policies.
USA Patriot Act Statement
On June 2, 2003 the Gardiner Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed support of the "Freedom to Read Protection Act" (H.R. 1157) and the Maine Library Association's letter to our congressional delegation encouraging our congressional members to support this Act.