Intellectual Freedom Committee

Purpose: To uphold the value of intellectual freedom in Virginia's libraries by monitoring and reporting on intellectual freedom issues in the Commonwealth.

Upcoming Activities and Events

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of our annual Banned Books Week contest!

Best Public Library display: Chesapeake Public Library, Dr. Clarence V Cuffee Branch, Chesapeake, VA
Best Academic Library display: Rappahannock Community College, Glenns Campus Library, Saluda, VA
Best School Library: Corporate Landing Middle School, Virginia Beach, VA

Resources and Continuing Education

Intellectual Freedom Issues and General Resources

Privacy Issues

Banned Books Week Info

Fake News Info & Resources 

Reporting Challenges

Has your library experienced a challenge or a reconsideration of your materials, displays, website content, or another intellectual freedom issue?  Let the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee know, and we can offer support, guidance, and resources for you and your library. If you aren’t sure what constitutes a reconsideration or a challenge, please report it and let us know anyway.  

Contact: VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair, Rebecca Lamb [email protected]

The American Library Association collects statistics on challenges as well to monitor trends in intellectual freedom issues. If you have received a challenge at your library, please fill out their quick and easy challenge report (this can be submitted anonymously).

Virginia Intellectual Freedom In the News

2020 Committee Member Roster