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Advocacy & Public Policy

ARL is the collective voice for research libraries and archives on public policy in the US and internationally. We lead on policy and legal issues that advance sustainable, equitable, and barrier-free access to information and culture while protecting core values of privacy and freedom of expression.

ARL partners with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) on Canadian public policy issues, and works in coalition with the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) on global policy development.

Contact Katherine Klosek (kklosek@arl.org) to find out how you can get involved.

How the Humanities Will Help Us Recover

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Research Libraries Reduce Digital Divide through Broadband Services, Advocacy

Research libraries have a long-standing practice of providing tools and resources towards bridging the digital divide. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, research libraries are helping even more college...

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation provides clear guidance on the legality of archiving legacy software to ensure continued access to digital files of all...


We work with member libraries, higher education associations, disability organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and international organizations on promoting and implementing effective public policies that provide access to knowledge for people...