What is an Intellectual Freedom Challenge?
An intellectual freedom challenge is a situation where the access to or expression of ideas, information, or materials is contested or restricted due to censorship.
Book bans often begin as a materials challenge, in which a person or group attempts to remove or restrict materials from a library collection or a curriculum.Learn More
Library program challenges involve attempts to restrict or suppress certain content or topics featured in library events, workshops, or presentations.Learn More
Who We Are
Free For All: New Yorkers for Intellectual Freedom consists of librarians, library workers, library friends, library trustees, and those who utilize and are advocates for their libraries across New York State. Together, we are dedicated to ensuring our libraries and librarians are supported and are prepared for any intellectual freedom challenges that may come their way.
You may also want to learn more about the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee, which allows library supporters in New York to play a role in electing to state offices people who are willing to commit their full support to libraries.
Free For All: New Yorkers for Intellectual Freedom is dedicated to ensuring libraries and library workers are supported and prepared for any intellectual freedom challenges they may experience.
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*These numbers are from the American Library Association in their 2022 National Report