The Law
In Ranganathan’s Day
(1931)
In Today's World (Cloonan/Dove 2005)
Applied to Today’s School Library
(Valenza 2010)
Books are for use
Put books in circulation—not just on the shelf
Make sure online resources are available where and when they're needed
Books, media, tools, resources in all formats, are for use and/or creation. Make sure teachers and learners have access to traditional, current, and emerging information and communication tools and resources. Ensure that the library and all its resources, guidance, and instruction have multiple points of access. Ensure both physical and intellect access by teaching search, access, evaluation, analysis, synthesis, production/creation.
Every reader, his book
Break down barriers to the principle of education (and books) for all
Eliminate the obstacles that prevent users from making effective use of electronic resources
Every learner, his media, tools, channels. Actively maintain and enhance websites, pathfinders, and instructional guides, and instruction to ensure teachers and learners can access and discover the books/information/materials/media and search tools they need in all formats regardless of time or geography. Librarians work with learners to discover optimum formats to meet their reading, information and communication needs.
Every book, its reader
Open the stacks; provide a well-cross-referenced catalog
Integrate electronic resources into virtual learning environments and other web pages of the institution
Every book or media, its user, consumer, producer. Ensure through guidance, signage, creation and dissemination of electronic resources and active instruction that the learner can get to the information and communication resources and tools he or she needs or wants.
Save the time of the reader
Create effective catalogs for speeding the readers' search for particular books
Provide metasearching capabilities so that users can search entire sets of electronic resources. And link resolvers so that readers get access to the best source
Help the learner become more effective, efficient, and productive user and creator of ideas and information. Continually evaluate physical and virtual ­­­­­­­instruction and service. Ensure the learner can access and effectively user the search tools and resources most appropriate to his or her developmental and intellectual and information needs.
A library is a growing organism
See libraries as part of the larger community
Offer 24/7 anytime, anywhere, access to libraries; the Information Commons; the Invisible Web
Library—virtual or physical—is a growing organism. Offer 24/7 anywhere/anytime access and instruction. The librarian must function as scout or Sherpa or guru in emerging information landscapes. The library’s collection needs continual reinterpretation.



Library is everywhere, anytime. Access to library resources must be available to the learner and the learning community at the point of need through the most effective communication and delivery tools of the time and those that best meet the community’s needs.



Libraries are learning spaces. Libraries are as much transformational as they are transactional. Libraries are about literacies, transliteracy. The library actively employs its staff, resources, and tools to help learners/users learn, collaborate, invent, create, publish, communicate, share.