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ALA Policy Manual, 53 Intellectual Freedom

Destruction of Libraries

53.7


“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.”—Heinrich Heine, from his play Almansor (1821); (German: “"Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.”)

"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us."—Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, "The One Un-American Act." Nieman Reports vol. 7, no. 1 (Jan. 1953): p. 20.


American Library Association Policy Manual, 53. INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

53.7 Destruction of Libraries

The American Library Association deplores the destruction of libraries, library collections and property, and the disruption of the educational process by that act, whether it be done by individuals or groups of individuals and whether it be in the name of honest dissent, the desire to control or limit thought or ideas, or for any other purpose.


 
ALA Resolutions on the Destruction and Rebuilding of Libraries
 

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