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Intellectual Freedom and ILF

Indiana Library Federation promotes the principles of intellectual freedom through:

Indiana Library Federation Guiding Principles about Intellectual Freedom

The Indiana Library Federation affirms that intellectual freedom is of the utmost importance to the continued existence of democracy. An integral part of the concept of intellectual freedom is unrestricted access to ideas or beliefs; freedom of expression has meaning only when others have access to the ideas expressed. The Federation holds that unrestricted access to information is a corollary of the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Freedom to select information is a necessary safeguard to the freedom to read, and shall be protected. All citizens shall have the right to free inquiry and the right to form their own opinions. All forms of public communication shall be defended and preserved. The Federation affirms the guiding principles set forth in the Library Bill of Rights, ALA Code of Ethics, Freedom to Read Statement, and the interpretive statements thereto adopted by the American Library Association as of 12/13/18.

Adopted by Committee: 9/12/97
Ratified by ILF Executive Board: 11/12/97
Approved by ILF Membership: 4/7/98
Reaffirmed by the ILF Board: 12/13/18

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