CLOSED PETITION: Amend the Rules to Keep Alabama Reading Freely!

April 29 UPDATE: The public comment period is closed. Please follow the Alabama Library Association, Read Freely Alabama, and  EveryLibrary for updates.


The Alabama Library Association is asking library stakeholders and citizens to make public comments to the Board of the Alabama Public Library Services opposing or amending proposed new rules for libraries. The proposed new code for libraries comes from Governor Ivey and would radically change the way that public libraries can serve the public. 

The Alabama Library Association has developed a counter-proposal to Gov. Ivey’s rules changes that would safeguard the right to read and the integrity of library services in Alabama. Read Freely Alabama, the statewide anti-censorship coalition, is hosting a comprehensive Fact Sheet about the proposed rules. We need your help asking the APLS Board to accept the Alabama Library Association Amendments to the proposed rules. The pre-written letter on this page includes the specific Amendments recommended by the Alabama Library Association counter-proposal. 

The Alabama Library Association and EveryLibrary have a goal to see 1,000 comments to Amend the Rules submitted by the April 29, 2024 cut-off.

The Alabama Public Library Services only accepts public comments by letter. We have made it very easy to write, send, and mail your letter - for free - by using the form on this page today. Please review the proposed Amendment and add your name and address to the form. You can modify, change, or re-write the letter however you like, or you can use our template. When you click ‘Submit Form,’ we will print and mail your public comment letter on your behalf.

There is no cost to use this service. 


Help us spread the word!

Every $10 we raise helps us reach 1,000 more people like you with this petition.

Please get the facts about the proposed rule changes and help Alabama Libraries make these critical Amendments. 

Without your letter, libraries - and the people they serve - are under threat. If you would like to print and mail your own letter, it must be received by APLS by 4:30pm on April 29, 2024, at the following address: Vanessa Carr, Executive Secretary, Alabama Public Library Service, 6030 Monticello Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117.

Thank you for taking this important step for libraries, the First Amendment, and the people of Alabama. 

Will you sign?