Take Action to Defend Intellectual Freedom

Protecting intellectual freedom involves advocating for free expression, challenging censorship, promoting critical thinking, and supporting diverse perspectives. It requires vigilance against those who seek to limit or control knowledge and ideas.

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Report Intellectual Freedom Issues

Libraries should report any challenges to materials, resources, or services to the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom. Even if you do not need support please report any challenges your library experiences. Your information will remain confidential.

Install Policy to Protect Intellectual Freedom

Libraries should develop clear guidelines that prioritize access to diverse information, establish procedures for handling censorship challenges, provide staff training on intellectual freedom principles, and actively involve community members in policy development and decision-making processes.

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Contact Your Legislators

Given the importance of intellectual freedom and free speech to our democracy, legislators can play a key role via the bills they support or sponsor, including bills related to privacy and education that may reflect intellectual freedom values.

Contact Us

Free For All: New Yorkers for Intellectual Freedom is dedicated to ensuring library workers and librarians 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 2023 National Report