Freedom to Read Foundation

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About FTRF

The Freedom to Read Foundation was established in 1969 as a First Amendment legal defense organization affiliated with the American Library Association.  FTRF is a separate corporation from the American Library Association, working in close liaison with the ALA. The secretariat is located in the Office for Intellectual Freedom, ALA Headquarters. 



Membership in the Freedom to Read Foundation is separate from ALA membership.  To join or renew your membership, visit our new site at



FTRF Staff

Freedom to Read Foundation
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4226;


James LaRue
Executive Director and Secretary
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4222
Fax: 312-280-4227

Deborah Caldwell-Stone
Deputy Director
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4224

Kim Diehnelt
Acting Program Director
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4223