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Intellectual Freedom Guide for Massachusetts Libraries: Home

Resources for Massachusetts Libraries to promote intellectual freedom and respond to challenges

Spotlight on IF News

Massachusetts Library Staff Association (MLSA) resolution in support of intellectual freedom:


MA Librarians testify on key legislation for eBook access and anti-book banning:


American Library Association Releases Preliminary Data on 2023 Book Challenges: New data shows record surge of challenges in public libraries


Boston Public Library (BPL) is joining the Brooklyn Public Library’s Books Unbanned initiative

Because students need a place to explore challenging ideas.  Libraries Transform

Because Banning Books Silences Stories.  Libraries Transform

Because books show us every color of the rainbow.  Libraries Transform

Because Librarians Stand Up for Your Right to Read.  Libraries Transform


How to Respond to a Challenge

Report a Challenge

Email the MLA Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility Committee at to report a challenge in your library.

School Libraries

Essential Resources

Collection Development & Reconsideration Policies

Make sure to regularly update your collection development and reconsideration policies.

Laws Related to Intellectual Freedom

Media Interactions

For Library Trustees


Request materials from the Massachusetts Library System's Professional Collection