Intellectual Freedom

The Burlingame Public Library and the Library Board of Trustees endorses the "Library Bill of Rights" and the American Library Association "Freedom to Read statement." Professional librarians select library materials for a variety of community needs. Selection of materials for the library includes, but is not restricted to, the following goals:

  • Providing a good read!
  • Encouraging lifelong reading
  • Encouraging the borrowing of materials
  • Providing information
  • Providing entertainment
  • Enriching community life
With this in mind, the Library upholds the right to read and to access information.

California residents are encouraged to register for a library card, which will allow you to borrow materials and access other services. For anyone who is unable to get a library card, our materials are freely available for in-library use. 

Access to digital resources is available remotely and through computers in the building. Some resources will require a library card for access, however this can be bypassed by accessing these resources on a library computer. For anyone who is unable to get a library card, we offer visitor's passes that will open up 2 hours of computer use.

If you would like to help prevent efforts to restrict access to materials and information, consider signing the United Against Book Bans campaign.

If you don't see an item that you're looking for in the Peninsula Library System's shared collection, we offer a Purchase Suggestion  form where you can share your interests with us and we will do our best to connect you with those materials.  Additionally, for the more difficult to locate items, The Burlingame Public Library offers Inter-Library Loan services, where we can request materials from library's around the world.

For more information about banned and challenged books, see the American library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom site for more resources.