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Restriction of Access to LGBT Materials

estricted Access” is a scary term for many, as so much information is available in today’s technologically advanced world. Restricted access in a library? That is a concept that seems improbable at best. However, access issues—especially in regards to restricted access to library materials—can be described as restriction by the library through censorship or not offering certain materials that they have considered to be offensive. Likewise, in the realm of access issues is the other side of restriction, which is restricting access of the materials found in the library from certain people or groups of people (Rubin, 2016). Access issues for the LGBT community is still an issue, even in 2016. This seems unlikely considering the immense evolution of society’s overall attitudes towards LGBT individuals. It seems even more unlikely due to the fact that the American Library Association passed in 1993 (and revised in 2008) the “Access to Library Resources and Services Regardless of Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression or Sexual Orientation” policy (American Library Association, 2008). This policy states that LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) individuals have a right to the library’s information and services as well as access to materials containing LGBT subject matter.

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