Intellectual Freedom In Libraries: Winter 2014


Steve DelVecchio


University of Washington


Winter 2014


Intellectual freedom is often articulated as a core value and principle for most public and academic libraries in the United States—and many other countries. It is also held up by many as a core value of American society and political culture.

Yet actual history and contemporary practice call into question whether this is a principle honored more in the abstract than in practice, even in libraries.

We will explore both the history and intellectual foundations of intellectual freedom and its practice in libraries—and look at it from different perspectives in libraries today.

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