In the Netherlands, we value the fundamental rights of freedom, equality and solidarity. These fundamental rights are laid down by law and form the moral compass for the public values of the Dutch institutions for education and research. UBK, the consortium of the Dutch University Libraries and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, also plays a role and carries responsibility in the debate on public values. Libraries stand for openness and independence. Important values for UKB are central to policy and implementation, thinking and doing; these values form the essence of libraries are the following:
- Information gathering that is free from censorship, as a foundation for people to form their own, free opinion.
- Reliability of information in a time of increasing fake news and data falsification.
- Integrity and personal safety of users of information (including scientific information).