USA PATRIOT Act and Intellectual Freedom

For news on the USA PATRIOT Act, visit USA PATRIOT Act News. For information about USA PATRIOT Act legislation, vist the ALA Washington Office, USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and District Dispatch.

For more information on the USA PATRIOT Act, contact Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Acting Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom; Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4224; Fax: 312-280-4227;

Resolution on the Reauthorization of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act (2009 Annual Conference)

Resolution on the 2009 Reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act (Vermont Library Association)

Resolution on the Use and Abuse of National Security Letters

Confidentiality and Coping with Law Enforcement Inquiries: Guidelines for the Library and its Staff

ALA urges Congress to reform laws governing the FBI's use of National Security Letters

USA PATRIOT Act: Doe v. Gonzalez (June 5, 2006)

Frequently Requested Resources

USA PATRIOT Act Search Warrant

Confidentiality and Coping with Law Enforcement Inquiries: Guidelines for the Library and its Staff (opens Word document)

USA PATRIOT Act in the Library

USA PATRIOT Act Analysis by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

USA PATRIOT Act Analyses


State Privacy Laws Regarding Library Records

Leigh Estabrook USA PATRIOT Act Surveys

Resolutions Opposing USA PATRIOT Act

Resolution on the USA PATRIOT Act and Libraries

Resolution on the USA Patriot Act and Related Measures That Infringe on the Rights of Library Users

Resolution on Proposed Amendments to the USA PATRIOT Act

Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks

Bill of Rights Defense Committee

ACLU Call to Reform the USA Patriot Act

Additional Links to Other Resources

The Impact of the USA PATRIOT Act on Free Expression


USA PATRIOT Act (Washington Office)

Outside Resources


PDF version of Field Guidance on New Authorities (Redacted), enacted in the 2001 Anti-terrorism Legislation, issued by the Department of Justice

Libraries and National Security: An Historical Review (December 2004)