The Zeroth Law of Library Science

  1. Rule One: Act so as to maximize the long-term odds of survival for our species within an increasingly diverse environment which favors a fair society, engages in the pursuit of truth, and protects the free lives of all.
  2. Rule Two: Act to promote the well-being of friends, family, and neighbors, provided it does not conflict with Rule One. (See also the Golden Rule, not treating others as a mere means, using a veil of ignorance, etc.)
  3. Rule Three: Act to maximize your own personal happiness, provided it does not conflict with Rule One or Two.
  1. First Law: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
  • Zeroth Law: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.
  1. Books are for use.
  2. Every reader his or her book.
  3. Every book its reader.
  4. Save the time of the reader.
  5. A library is a growing organism.

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