The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released its report to Congress about the problems with enforcing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The report acknowledges that books are a problem and agrees that Congress likely did not intend to include books. However, it determined that CPSC cannot exclude books and instead has stated that Congress may need to consider granting an exclusion.
A statement from CPSC in August 2009 indicated that libraries were under no obligation to test books for lead. (See the August 27, 2009 District Dispatch posting for more on this statement.)
For more details, including a link to the report, please see the District Dispatch posting.
The American Library Association Washington Office is currently working to determine the best next step.