Office for Intellectual Freedom
Facing a challenge? Need help with an intellectual freedom issue?
OIF is here to help YOU. Contact us today!
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Fax: (312) 280-4227
Established December 1, 1967, the Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.
The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries and to support librarians, teachers, and administrators undergoing a material or service challenge.
IF Issues and Resources
- Academic freedom
- Banned Books Week
- Censorship in schools
- Challenges to library materials
- Code of Ethics
- Internet Filters and the Children's Internet Protection Act
- Intellectual Freedom Manual
- Intellectual Freedom statements and guidelines
- Intellectual Freedom toolkits
- Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom
- Notable quotations on the First Amendment and the freedom to read
- OIF Blog
- Privacy and confidentiality
- Religion and Intellectual Freedom
- Speaker, The (film, produced by the Intellectual Freedom Committee)
- State library confidentiality laws
- USA Patriot Act
312.280.4222; 800.545.2433, ext. 4222
312.280.4224; 800.545.2433, ext. 4224
312.280.4221; 800.545.2433, ext. 4221
312.280.4225; 800.545.2433, ext. 4225
Acting Program Officer
312.280.4226; 800.545.2433, ext. 4226
312.280.4220; 800.545.2433, ext. 4220
Judith Krug, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom since its founding in 1967, passed away on April 11, 2009. Her achievements in the fight against censorship were unparalleled. For more on her life and accomplishments, visit "Press Releases about Judith Krug". To read how her friends, colleagues, and co-workers have paid tribute to her, see "Remembering Judith". A number of State Chapters have passed resolutions honoring Judith Krug. To see the list, visit "Chapters Honoring Judith".