The IFLA Governing Board endorsed the IFLA Principles for Library eLending policy document in February 2013.
These are five broad principles about the availability and use of ebooks in libraries:
- Commercially available ebooks should be available for libraries to license and/or purchase under a variety of terms and conditions
- eBook licensing and purchasing options should respect both copyright limitations and exceptions, and libraries should be able to bypass technological protection measures for non-infringing purposes
- ebooks available through libraries should be usable on all commonly used e-reader devices
- Libraries and library users must be able to control the use of users’ personal information
- In jurisdictions where government support is provided to publishers, societal access to published works through libraries (e.g. by requiring publishers to make their works available for libraries to license/purchase under reasonable terms and conditions) may also be mandated by government