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The Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee (OLA IFC) is a standing committee empowered by the OLA Board to educate and support the value of intellectual freedom, and help provide public oversight of any potential violations of the First Amendment in Oregon libraries.


  • informs the membership of current issues, trends, and legislation related to intellectual freedom,
  • determines the facts in cases of public controversy over censorship, and develops a position statement on the case for the Association to present to all interested parties, including the press, and
  • encourages and supports libraries with development and adoption of policies that uphold free speech and the freedom to read.

This website includes the following pages:

  • About us: more details about the committee’s duties and current membership;

  • IF Toolkit: information and resources to prepare for and deal with intellectual freedom issues at your library;

  • IF Champions: information about current and past recipients of the OLA Intellectual Freedom Champion award;

  • IF Resources: information to learn more about intellectual freedom topics;

  • Resources for students: frequently-asked-questions and links to resources for students studying banned books and other intellectual freedom issues;

  • Contact IFC: information about how you can get in touch with the committee.

  • Donate to IFChelp support our Committee activities and intellectual freedom needs of Oregon libraries.