This LibGuide highlights Alabama attorney general opinions related to public libraries. It is intended to be used by public library staff, library boards, and local funding officials to better understand how commonly asked legal questions related to the administration of public libraries have been resolved by the attorney general in the past. Please remember there is no substitute for competent legal advice. APLS does not offer legal advice and encourages users of this LibGuide to contact their city or county attorney for answers to legal questions.
While this LibGuide attempts to be exhaustive, omissions are inevitable based on the scope of the guide and limitations imposed by the way it was compiled. For instance, there may be opinions describing situations that apply to public spaces or municipal or county government in general, which would include public libraries, but were excluded because they did not explicitly reference public libraries in the opinion synopsis. Thus, users are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the attorney general website and the attorney general opinion search function (see below link) so that they may find relevant materials not listed here. APLS' reference staff will provide instruction and guidance to this end by phone, email, or in person.