In the United States, an academic library is a teaching library. As your partners, we will help you learn how to conduct research, learn how to use library resources, and find answers. Working with a librarian, you will be able to do your own research after graduation.
Librarians are members of the university faculty at FIU, and as such are well educated and have advanced degrees. We are ready to help you with questions, assignments, and research.
The entire library - librarians and library staff - are your partners in learning and research. Ask us for help. We are here for you.
FIU is a wonderful, dynamic, and culturally diverse environment. The FIU Libraries embrace this environment enthusiastically, and believe that cultural awareness and understanding makes the world a better place.
The FIU Libraries have many services available. Here are just a few:
The FIU Libraries and libraries throughout the United States support the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights, which guarantees the freedoms of speech, the press, and expression.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Censorship of books and other creative works is detrimental and damaging for a free society. Libraries, including FIU, collect works which may contain opinions that may differ from some opinions. These materials are part of the freedoms provided in the First Amendment and, as such, are part of the library’s collection and mission to provide all types and viewpoints of information and creative works for the community’s learning and discovery.
Consequently, you are afforded the following rights about library services, research, and accessibility:
Library Bill of Rights
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Adopted June 19, 1939. Amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; and January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996, by the ALA Council.