Purpose - The authors have the purpose of surveying international librarians in order to discover whether ethical considerations are of real import in various countries. Design/methodology/approach - The web masters of 20 sites were contacted for permission to disseminate a brief survey to their members. Findings - The results from the 17 sites surveyed were encouraging: many participants indicated an interest in ethics. Research limitations/implications - A larger, more diverse survey could be implemented in the future. Originality/value - This is perhaps the first survey of its kind. It shows that people in various countries do care about ethical issues.