The book sanctuary
Intellectual Freedom

What’s a book sanctuary?

Tocker Foundation
November 17, 2023

Book sanctuaries are institutions committed to upholding the First Amendment Rights of all citizens, wherein book bans and challenges must follow through a specific procedure to be considered. They are places where books and the right to read them remains at the forefront of what an institution does.

Chicago Public Libraries (CPL) declared themselves book sanctuaries in late September. Along with the declaration, they set up a website that invites other institutions — and individuals! — to join the movement and declare themselves book sanctuaries, too.

Looking for more book sanctuaries? Thanks to the efforts of Christina Perucci, a Reading Specialist and librarian who just completed her MLIS at San Jose State University, you can find a current list here.

Credit:, Kelly Jensen