The statement reads, in part:
“The American Library Association deplores the destruction of libraries, library collections and property, and the disruption of the educational purpose by that act, whether it be done by individuals or groups of individuals and whether it be in the name of honest dissent, the desire to control or limit thought or ideas, or for any other purpose.”
ALA’s president, Molly Raphael, adds:
“The very existence of the People’s Library demonstrates that libraries are an organic part of all communities. Libraries serve the needs of community members and preserve the record of community history. In the case of the People’s Library, this included irreplaceable records and material related to the occupation movement and the temporary community that it represented.”
She states further that:
“We support the librarians and volunteers of the Library Working Group as they re-establish the People’s Library.”
The Library Working Group deeply appreciates the support of the ALA and all other bibliophiles who have stood by us.