Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT)


The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs, and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom.


  • Provides broad opportunities for ALA members to become involved in the support of freedom of access and freedom of expression in libraries
  • Supports librarians involved in censorship controversies
  • Monitors intellectual freedom developments affecting library and information services
  • Provides a forum where ALA members involved in intellectual freedom activities on the state and local level can discuss programs, activities, and problems
  • Organizes conference programs on topics related to intellectual freedom


Joining IFRT

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is a forum for discussion of intellectual freedom issues for libraries and librarians, and a channel of communication on intellectual freedom matters.  Any personal or institutional ALA member may become an IFRT member.  Institutional members are non-voting. 

Personal Membership

To join as a personal member, visit the online Personal Membership in ALA form.  If you prefer to mail your application and fee, you may print the application (PDF).  (Also see instructions under Dues, below.)

Institutional Membership

To apply for Organizational Membership in ALA, down-load a print-ready application (PDF) to pay by check, credit card, or purchase order.


Individual members, $15; institutions, $20; student members, $5.  If you are a member of the American Library Association, you may send a check for the appropriate membership status (payable to the American Library Assocation) to Intellectual Freedom Round Table, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.  Be sure to write your ALA membership number and IFRT membership status on your check.

Membership Benefits

  • Receive notice of the online IFRT Report, published twice a year.

  • Vote for IFRT officers

  • Serve on IFRT committees

  • Run for IFRT office 

IFRT Volunteer Form

IFRT on ALA Connect


The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award honors a literary work or series of works, in the area of intellectual freedom, including matters of ethical, political, or social concerns related to intellectual freedom. Presented biennially.

The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression.  Presented annually.


The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality, and anti-censorship efforts. 

By-Laws, Ballot Information, and Current and Past Chairs

Contact Information

American Library Association
Office for Intellectual Freedom
c/oShumeca Pickett
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611