With the unprecedented surge in local and statewide book challenges, ALA offers this clearinghouse of resources to assist library workers and advocates in responding to and supporting others facing those challenges.
Your support matters more now than ever. Please consider to help us fight this nationwide organized assault on the freedom to read.
Confidential challenge support from ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom for libraries and library workers undergoing censorship attempts, including one-on-one guidance, letters of support, and more.
The Freedom to Read Foundation, a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with ALA, protects and defends libraries' right to collect â€” and individuals' right to access â€” information.
Library workers whose employment is threatened or are facing termination due to their defense of intellectual freedom can apply for financial support through the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund.
Guidelines for library security, policy examples, wellness resources, and more from ALA and its divisions to support library worker safety and preparation.
Unite Against Book Bans is a national initiative to empower readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship. Share resources from the UABB Action Toolkit with your community and help defend the right to read for all Americans.
Below is a list of curated resources from ALA, its various offices and divisions, and outside organizations and publications to help library workers prepare for and respond to challenges to library books, materials, and services.
Tips from Practitioners
Working with Media
Here are some things that you can do now to support library workers and protect the freedom to read:
news and social media in your community and state to keep apprised of organizations working to censor library or school materials, programs, or curriculum.
2) Show upfor librarians and educatorsÌýat school or library board meetings and speak as aÌýlibrary advocate and community stakeholder who supports a parent'sÌýright to restrict reading materialsÌýfor their own child but not for ALL readers.
legislation in your state that would censor materials, programs, or curriculum. Engage respectfully with your elected officials via phone, email, and social media.
an op-Ed or letter to the editor for your local newspaper or community newsletter. Find tips for writing your letter in the .
the , an organization that protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect â€” and individuals to access â€” information.
State-based resources, including ALA state partner statements.
State-based resources from school library partners:
- California School Library Association:
- Illinois - Association of Illinois School Library Educators:Ìý
- Missouri Association of School Librarians:
- New Jersey Association of School Librarians:Ìý
- Pennsylvania School Librarians Association:
- South Carolina Association of School Librarians:
- Virginia Association of School Librarians:
ALA works with state associations to support state legislative efforts and to address adverse legislation. Visit ALA's state legislative toolkit and sign up for and your state's libraryÌýassociation(s).
Emily J. M. Knox
Kristin Pekoll and Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)
Pat R. Scales and Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)
Pat R. Scales
Valerie Nye and Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)
Edited by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco
Censorship and Mental Health: Dealing with the Emotional Fallout of Book Challenges
(December 2021 - Member Access)
Censorship by the Numbers
Available in the Banned Books Week toolkit
Unite Against Book Bans social graphics
Library Bill of Rights and Interpretations
Opinion Pieces and Op-Eds
Ìý (Miami Herald, November 24, 2021)
Ìý(Observer-Reporter,ÌýJanuary 1, 2022)
(Times-Republican,ÌýDecember 16, 2021)
(ACRL Insider, December 3, 2021)
(Star-Tribune, December 20, 2021)
Office for Intellectual Freedom