Freedom to Read Foundation

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About FTRF

The Freedom to Read Foundation is a nonprofit legal and educational organization founded in 1969 to promote and protect the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press; to protect the public's right of access to information and materials stored in the nation's libraries; to safeguard libraries' right to disseminate all materials contained in their collections; and support libraries and librarians in their defense of First Amendment rights by supplying them with legal counsel or the means to secure it.  It is a separate 501(c)(3) organization with an independent board of trustees.  Its staff and office are co-located with the Office for Intellectual Freedom at ALA headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

In addition to its litigation and legal advocacy in defense of First Amendment freedoms, the foundation supports projects and programs to educate librarians and the public about the importance of defending the right to read and speak freely by providing grants to libraries, schools, and community institutions across the country. The Freedom to Read Foundation also supports and funds initiatives and scholarship programs to improve intellectual freedom education for LIS professionals and students.


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

Deborah Caldwell-Stone
Executive Director and Secretary
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4224

Joyce McIntosh
Program Officer
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4223

Freedom to Read Foundation
225 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4226