‘Freedom, prosperity and the development of society and of individuals are fundamental values. They will only be attained through the ability of well informed citizens to exercise their democratic rights and to play an active role in society. Constructive participation and the development of democracy depend on satisfactory education as well as on free and unlimited access to knowledge, thought, culture and information’.
Jelke Nijboer, Big Brother en de UNESCO Public Library Manifesto 1994, Informatie professional, 2004. nr 5, blz. 33