An important part of the mission of ALAN is to help combat censorship. ALAN’s Anti-censorship Committee plays an important role in this mission. You can read this document summarizing the policies and procedures of this committee.

In addition, the compiled resources located here can help any who are confronted with challenges of censorship.

SpeakLoudly Censorship Resources

Challenges in schools, libraries, and communities (old, new, and pending)

NCTE Censorship Challenge Reports (

Freedom to Read Foundation (ALA) Status of Recent Cases (

News on the Latest Censorship Attempts (NCAC) (

Censorship and/of Youth (NCAC) (

Freedom to Read Foundation (ALA) Quarterly Newsletter (

Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom (Office of Intellectual Freedom, ALA) (


Preparing for and responding to a challenge

NCTE Rationales for Teaching Challenged Books (

Support for Dealing with Library Challenges (Office of Intellectual Freedom, ALA) (

Scales, Pat. (2009). “Have No Fear:  Don’t be Frightened by Book Challenges–Be Prepared.  School Library Journal. (

Sample policy for handling challenges to texts: Miami-Dade County, FL (see Letter C, Use of Instructional Materials) (

Sample policy for handling challenges to texts: Orange City, OH (select 9000; select 9130)

Position statements: NCTE

NCTE Position Statements (

The Students’ Right to Read

Censorship: Don’t Let it Become an Issue in Your Schools

Statement on Censorship and Professional Guidelines

Common Ground: Speak with One Voice on Intellectual Freedom and the Defense of It

Guidelines for Dealing with Censorship of Nonprint and Multimedia Materials

Guidelines for Selection of Materials in English Language Arts Programs

Resolution on Students’ Right of Expression

Resolution on Teachers’ Right to Teach

Resolution on Censorship and [Nonprint] Media

Resolution on Students’ Freedom of Speech and Press

Resolution on Collecting Rationales for Defending Challenged Works

Resolution on Opposing Abridgment or Adaptation as a Form of Censorship

Resolution on Opposition to Censorship

Resolution on Confronting Efforts to Censor Instructional Materials

Resolution on Formation of a Foundation to Support Academic and Intellectual Freedom

Resolution on Meeting Obscenity Challenges to Teaching Materials

Resolution on the Report of the President’s Commission on Obscenity and Pornography

Position Statements: ALA

Library Bill of Rights

Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights

ALA Code of Ethics

Libraries: An American Value

Freedom to Read Statement

Intellectual Freedom Resolutions

Other Policies and Guidelines

Minors, Libraries, and the Internet

For Young People

What You Can Do To Oppose Censorship

Schools and the Children’s Internet Protection Act

Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges to Library Materials

Reporting a Challenge

Shooting The Messenger: Why Censorship Won’t Stop Violence


Classroom, school, and library activities and resources

Banned Books Week (Office of Intellectual Freedom, ALA)


Intellectual Freedom Toolkits (Office of Intellectual Freedom, ALA)


Notable Quotations on the First Amendment and the Freedom to Read (Office of Intellectual Freedom, ALA)


Censorship in Schools (Office of Intellectual Freedom, ALA)


Voices Against Book Censorship (NCAC)


Book Censorship Toolkit (NCAC) (

Guide to the First Amendment in Schools (NCAC) (

LGBTQ Right to Read Resource (NCAC)


Educational and Advocacy Materials for Sale (NCAC)



Research and writings on censorship

Freedom to Read Foundation (ALA) Quarterly Newsletter (

Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom (Office of Intellectual Freedom, ALA) (

NCTE Publications on Censorship (

NCAC Publications (

Teepen, Tom. “In Defense of America’s Freedoms.”American Libraries (December 2004, pp. 54-56).

Intellectual Freedom Manual, 8th edition. American Library Association (


Sister organizations that support anti-censorship efforts

National Council of Teachers of English Anti-Censorship Center (

Freedom to Read Foundation (sponsored by the American Library Association) ( and

Foundation established to promote and defend the right to express ideas without governmental interference and to read and listen to the ideas of others, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF/ALA) (

Office charged with implementing ALA policies on intellectual freedom as described in the Library Bill of Rights (policy on free access to libraries and library materials).

National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) (

Coalition comprised of fifty national not-for-profit organizations (including NCTE, ALA, and IRA) working together to protect First Amendment rights.

Kids’ Right to Read Project (

Supported by the Youth Free Expression Project ( of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC).

Free Expression Policy Project (

Created to provide information, research, and advocacy related to free speech, copyright, and media democracy issues, including restrictions on publicly funded expression in libraries and schools and censorship intended to shield children from information and ideas.


Organizations that support censorship


Citizens United for Responsible Education (CURE) (