Intellectual Freedom: YOUR Freedom to Read

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Intellectual Freedom: Freedom to Read       

Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. C.H. Booth Library, in accordance with its Statement of Commitment to Patrons, believes it is essential that library resources, both physical and digital, remain free to use for all.

The C.H. Both Library Board of Trustees stands with the CT Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Statement Against Censorship. As this Statement reads: Recently, organized attacks have targeted library materials and programs by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Jewish authors that address race, racism, enslavement, history, sexuality, gender identity and expression, bigotry, and antisemitism. This is a callous system erasure to undermine and eliminate the diversity of thought and experiences that reflect the BIPOC, LQBTQ+, and Jewish communities. These assaults of intimidation  threaten the livelihood and safety of authors, library workers, educators, and board members. CLA vehemently condemns these acts of censorship and intimidation.” The C.H. Booth Library will continue to hold strong against these attacks.

The library’s Collection Development Policy states, in part, that the Library assures free access to its holdings for all patrons, who are free to select or reject for themselves anything in the collection. The Library is a forum for all points of view on current and historical issues and adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom as expressed in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights as contained within its Freedom to Read and Freedom to View principles.



Read the CT Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Statement Against Censorship




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