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BOOK CHALLENGES AND REPORTING CENSORSHIP

The Michigan Library Association actively advocates and educates in defense of intellectual freedom – the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom is a core value of the library profession and a basic right in our democratic society. MLA opposes censorship of materials and is a proponent of the accessibility to materials without prejudice to every member of the community.

To respond on behalf of libraries and librarians in Michigan who are challenged in protecting the access to materials, MLA needs to know about such incidents. Any library employee, friends group member or trustee who knows of a complaint or challenge is encouraged to contact MLA’s Executive Director at [email protected] and report such incidents to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. You may also report these incidents anonymously. 

MLA also maintains an Intellectual Freedom Fund which helps assist libraries with specific intellectual freedom challenges. Please contact MLA’s Executive Director at [email protected] for further information.

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