Freedom to Read Foundation

IFRT, FTRF and UIUC iSchool Honor Intellectual Freedom Award Winners at Virtual Celebration featuring Banned Author Kyle Lukoff

The ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) iSchool invite library professionals and the public to a free virtual celebration for their intellectual freedom award winners on Thursday, June 24th 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CT.

Julius C. Jefferson Jr., ALA President and former FTRF President, will open the celebration with a talk highlighting the value of intellectual freedom awards in the profession and in our culture. 

Freedom to Read Foundation to Offer an ALA Conference Scholarship through the Gordon M. Conable Fund

CHICAGO — Are you interested in Intellectual Freedom? Would you like to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in June and learn how the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and other groups in ALA are working to protect access to information? Applications are now open for the 2021 Gordon M.

[Call for Nominations] 2021 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor

The Freedom to Read Foundation seeks nominations for the 2021 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor. This award was established in 1987 to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed substantially to the FTRF through adherence to its principles and/or substantial monetary support. The award will be presented virtually during the ALA Annual Meeting in June 2021. More information on how to nominate as well as a list of past Roll of Honor recipients can be found at

ALA partners with Humble Bundle to support ALA and the Freedom to Read Foundation

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Humble Bundle are teaming up to offer library supporters and advocates an opportunity to fund ALA initiatives supporting social justice and intellectual freedom, including the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The campaign will also support the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF).

Legal and Legislative Update Webinar

For over fifty years, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has been at the forefront of legislative issues -- whether it's fighting a book challenge, protecting access to information, or defending free speech as provided under the First Amendment. 

FTRF Hosts Webinar on Collecting and Protecting LGBTQ+ Materials and Programs

Public and school libraries experience the most challenges to materials, and in 2019 eight out of the top ten most challenged books were on that list for having LGBTQ+ content.

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Recipients of Fall 2020 Intellectual Freedom Course Scholarships

Amanda Barnhart, chair of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Education Committee, announced four scholarship recipients who will receive funding toward an intellectual freedom course at FTRF partner institution San Jose State University (SJSU) this Fall.

The Fall 2020 Judith F. Krug Education Fund scholarship recipients are:

Six trustees elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board

CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held this past May. Current FTRF Vice President Barbara Stripling and former ALA President and FTRF Treasurer Jim Neal were both re-elected to the board.

Freedom to Read Foundation Launches Webinar Series

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will be conducting a webinar series over the next few months to provide online education focused on intellectual freedom for library professionals. These webinars will be geared towards librarians, library students, educators, individuals involved in media, publishing, and social media, and individuals interested in the First Amendment, censorship, and copyright.The webinars are complementary to foundation members ($25 non-members) and will be conducted via Zoom.