Intellectual Freedom

A commitment to intellectual freedom transforms your library
ALA actively advocates and educates in defense of intellectual freedom—the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom is a core value of the library profession, and a basic right in our democratic society. A publicly supported library provides free, equitable, and confidential access to information for all people of its community.

Core Intellectual Freedom Documents of ALA

Intellectual Freedom Issues and Best Practices

Click an issue below to see ALA policy statements and resources.

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First Amendment

News about Intellectual Freedom

Additional Resources