Intellectual Freedom • What is Intellectual Freedom?
Activity: The Library Bill of Rights


Lesson 1 defines and discusses the meaning of intellectual freedom and key court cases related to school libraries. School librarians have the knowledge related to intellectual freedom that other teachers may not have learned. The librarian should work to inform teachers and other members of the school community about intellectual freedom. This lesson gives an overview of what intellectual freedom looks like in the school library.


From the ALA website, read the Library Bill of Rights and interpretations that are related to your school library. Bookmark or otherwise indicate which interpretations are most important to your school library situation.


ALA's Library Bill of Rights and interpretations related to school libraries (

MLA Citation Collins, Karla. "Intellectual Freedom: The Library Bill of Rights." School Library Connection, October 2019,

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