Access to Books, Libraries, and Information: Cultural Right, Human Right

  • Miriam Intrator
Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)


This chapter turns to UNESCO’s role in developing and articulating the notion of cultural rights as human rights within the context of the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In particular, Article 19 regarding freedom of expression and freedom to information, Article 26 regarding education, and Article 27 regarding culture have been linked conceptually and practically to UNESCO from the time of their drafting. UNESCO’s 1948 Summer School for Librarians and its 1949 Human Rights Exhibition and Manifesto for Libraries provided innovative and influential ways for UNESCO to educate people all over the world that they had the right to expect and demand public libraries and free and open access to information and publications.



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  • Miriam Intrator
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  1. 1.Alden LibraryOhio University LibrariesAthensUSA

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