In 1931 Siyali Ramamrita Ranganathan proposed his ‘Five Laws of Library Science’. Full text is available at Hathi Trust Digital Library under Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives.
- Books are for use.
- Every reader his / her book.
- Every book its reader.
- Save the time of the reader.
- The library is a growing organism.
Based on this Five laws various variants were proposed!
- Libraries serve humanity.
- Respect all forms by which knowledge is communicated.
- Use technology intelligently to enhance service.
- Protect free access to knowledge.
- Honor the past and create the future.
In 2004 Alireza Noruzi in his paper “Application of Ranganathan’s Laws to the Web”
- Web resources are for use.
- Every user has his or her web resource.
- Every web resource its user.
- Save the time of the user.
- The Web is a growing organism
In 2008 Carol Simpson in her website posted
- Media are for use.
- Every patron his information.
- Every medium its user.
- Save the time of the patron.
- The library is a growing organism
In 2015 B Shadrach
- Knowledge is for use in ‘all’ forms
- Every citizen has the right to access ‘all’ knowledge
- Every piece of knowledge is for access by ‘all’ without discrimination of any kind
- Save the time of the ‘all’ knowledge seekers
- A library is one that evolves with time to achieve all of the above laws