Alabama Library Requiring Proof Of Citizenship For Library Card

Even library visitors have not been spared from Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law, HB 56. Since Sept. 1 (before the law went into effect), the North Shelby County Library has asked people who want a library card to prove their legal status or citizenship. The president of the library’s board of directors defended the decision, saying, “We have to follow the rules that all businesses must follow.” The library is considered a public corporation but operates as a nonprofit after the state legislature created the district in 1988, so it possibly falls under a provision in HB 56 that bans business transactions between the state and undocumented immigrants. While it does not compare to not being allowed to have water in your home or even losing your home just for being an undocumented immigrant, it is another unnecessary headache caused by Alabama’s unconstitutional immigration law.