Intellectual Freedom Products

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. Inspire your community to spotlight censorship and explore the freedom to read with these illuminating materials. Find more products in the ALA Store. 

Purchases and donations support the Office for Intellectual Freedom's work in defending and promoting the freedom to read.*

 

Library Bill of Rights PosterLibrary Bill of Rights Poster

This revamped poster cites the newly adopted Article VII, that addresses the privacy and confidentiality rights of library users.

22" x 34", $16

 

Make Orwell Fiction Again toteMake Orwell Fiction Again Tote

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is set in a dystopian society where independent thought is a crime, history is rewritten, and surveillance is omnipresent. Did you know that the classic novel has also been threatened with censorship? Draw attention to privacy and censorship concerns with this “eye-catching” bag — the perfect size to carry around your banned and challenged titles. 

12 oz., 100% cotton canvas tote, 24" navy handles; 15" W x 16" H x 4" D

$16

 

Beyond Banned Books by Kristin PekollBeyond Banned Books: Defending Intellectual Freedom throughout Your Library

This resource from Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), uses specific case studies to offer practical guidance on safeguarding intellectual freedom related to library displays, programming, and other librarian-created content. This guide will ensure that libraries are prepared to protect diverse voices from censorship while fostering more inclusive institutions that represent and welcome all people and ideas.

144 pages, softcover, $54.99

Two T-shirt designs: "I Read Banned Books" and "Make Orwell Fiction Again"

Banned Book T-Shirts

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is offering three t-shirt designs spotlighting censorship and celebrating the freedom to read. These custom-created shirts are available only through IndiCo Direct. Shirts come in ladies and unisex styles in a variety of sizes. 
 

$20.95, 50/25/25 poly/ring spun combed cotton/rayon

 

Reading DangerouslyReading Dangerously

Reading Dangerously” commemorates the Freedom to Read Foundation's fifty years of advocacy, education, and litigation through essays, oral histories, images, and book excerpts. “Reading Dangerously” features a foreward by author Neil Gaiman and an essay by former director James LaRue that looks forward to the foundation’s next 50 years. *Proceeds from this book support the Freedom to Read Foundation.

144 pages, softcover, $20

 

Book cover with title "Banned Books: Defending Our Freedom to Read"

Resource Guide - Banned Books: Defending Our Freedom to Read

Compiled by First Amendment advocate Robert P. Doyle, this banned books resource guide is packed with challenge entries, histories of core documents such as the Library Bill of Rights and First Amendment, infographics, timelines and explanations of legal cases. By offering straightforward, easily accessible information, “Banned Books: Defending Our Freedom to Read” becomes an indispensable resource for educators and researchers. It presents a visual narrative of the current state of literary censorship in America, while encouraging readers to explore the past and advocate for the future.

308 pages, softcover, $15

 

I Read Banned Books Bumper Sticker

I Read Banned Books Bumper Sticker

Reading banned books benefits our empathy, our worldview, and our democracy. Make a powerful statement about your freedom to read with this colorful vinyl sticker.

6" x 4", $4

 

Free Speech ButtonFreedom of Speech Buttons

Wear these buttons to celebrate your freedom of speech!

1.5" x 1.5", 18/pack, $18

Foundations of Information PolicyFoundations of Information Policy

Scholars Paul T. Jaeger and Natalie Greene Taylor provide a much-needed introduction to the myriad information policy issues that impact information professionals. They elucidate the specific laws, regulations, and policies that impact information, including net neutrality, filtering, privacy, openness, and much more. And explore the intersections of information policy with human rights, civil rights, and professional ethics. 

232 pages, softcover, $64.99

Banned Books Childrens BraceletBanned Books Bracelet

Designed by Carolyn Forsman, the bracelet features The Adventures of Captain Underpants, King & King, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, In the Night Kitchen, Athletic Shorts, and Blubber.

5-1/2" circumference, $12

True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries Kathy Barco and Valerie NyeTrue Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries

Intellectual freedom is a core value of librarianship, but fighting to keep controversial materials on the shelves can sometimes feel like a lonely battle. And not all censorship controversies involve the public objecting to a book in the collection—libraries are venues for displays and meetings, and sometimes library staff themselves are tempted to preemptively censor a work. Those facing censorship challenges can find support and inspiration in this book, which compiles dozens of stories from library front lines.

200 pages, softcover, $58 (eBook)

Choose Privacy Every Day Webcam CoversChoose Privacy Webcam Covers

The freedom to receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy. Protect your privacy (as well as your lens) with these adhesive webcam covers. The webcam covers attach to most computers, laptops, smart TVs, and monitors. For more resources and program ideas, visit chooseprivacyeveryday.org.

1.5" x 58", 12/pack, $17

Intellectual Freedom ManualIntellectual Freedom Manual

Since it was established in 1967, ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has championed the rights of library users to seek and receive information on all subjects from all points of view without restriction and without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others. The Intellectual Freedom Manual is more than just an invaluable compendium of guiding principles and policies. It's also an indispensable resource for day-to-day guidance on maintaining free and equal access to information for all people. 

296 pages, softcover, $70 (eBook)

A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom: A Supplement to the Intellectual Freedom Manual

Collecting several key historical documents and policy statements, this supplement traces a history of ALA's commitment to fighting censorship. An introductory essay by Judith Krug and Candace Morgan, updated by former OIF Director Barbara Jones, sketches out an overview of ALA policy on intellectual freedom. 

172 pages, softcover, $85 (eBook)

Library's Legal Answers for Meeting Rooms and DisplaysThe Library's Legal Answers for Meeting Rooms and Displays

When your public library invites the community to its spaces—a meeting room, an auditorium, bulletin board, or exhibit case—you take on the responsibility to uphold First Amendment rights of free expression. Grounded in the authors' expert guidance, this eBook, by Mary Minow, Tomas A. Lipinski, and Gretchen McCord, will give your staff the knowledge they need to keep your library out of messy legal problems.  The convenient Q&A format offers straightforward answers to common situations backed up with case citations for your trustees and attorneys to feel confident serving your community while staying within the law.

48 pages, eBook, $25

Read Banned Books mugs with redacted text

Discover What You're Missing Mug

Pour hot liquid in and the redactions disappear!

11 oz., $15

 

I Read Banned Books sticker rollI Read Banned Books Sticker Roll

Do you read banned books? With a speckled background and bold lettering, these classic stickers are a great giveaway in classrooms or at programs, and a vivid reminder to continue reading books that challenge us. 

100/roll, $10

 

Light blue figure holding open book and raising fist in air against a navy background. Title of poster "Words have power. Read a banned book."

Words Have Power Poster

Highlight the First Amendment and affirm that your words have the power to stop censorship by hanging up this eye-catching poster in your library, home or office. 

22" x 34", $16