Intellectual Freedom

ALA speaks against book bans at U.S. House hearing

The Constitution prohibits public bodies, such as libraries, from discriminating on the basis of viewpoint or censoring materials based on their message. Libraries uphold these Constitutional principles by enabling readers to choose materials representing a variety of ideas, opinions and views. ALA is alarmed by the increasing trend of censorship campaigns directed at libraries around the country.

These proposals would strip readers of their freedom to choose and could make it impossible for libraries and librarians to fulfill their legal and professional responsibilities.

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director, Office of Intellectual Freedom of ALA in a letter to The Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform