Intellectual Freedom

The OLC actively supports intellectual freedom—the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom is a core value of the library profession, and a basic right in our democratic society.

OLC’s Intellectual Freedom Committee Roster

“What the I.F.” Toolkits
The OLC’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is developing a series of toolkits to help library staff identify and manage intellectual freedom issues. The toolkits include PowerPoint presentations, handouts, important links, discussion questions and more.

Privacy Awareness Toolkit

Self-Censorship Toolkit 

Diversity Toolkit

Banned Books Prison Escape Adventure!
Game created by OLC’s Intellectual Freedom Committee
Making prisoners out of books is not cool. No one should have to feel like they have to break into a prison in order to read something that they might enjoy. Rescue titles from the Prison for Banned Books in this new adventure game created by the OLC Intellectual Freedom Committee. The game is also available as an Alexa skill.


Top Ten Most Challenged Books
Every year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books. The lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary challenge reports sent to OIF from communities across the United States.


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