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Laws Affecting Libraries

Library boards are ultimately responsible for assuring that federal and state laws are reflected in library policies and procedures and that the constitutional rights of individuals are protected. This chapter, although by no means comprehensive, provides a brief overview of some state and federal laws that relate to public libraries. Assistance may be available from state and federal agencies through their print publications and web sites, as well as in-person workshops and webinars. The Washington State Library is a depository for both Washington State and Federal publications. Visit our Washington State Government Publications and Federal Government Resources web sites for further information or search our catalog for items in these collections. Specific questions should be addressed to your library's legal counsel.