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Intellectual freedom is the right to have access to information. It is the right of every individual to decide on their information needs and have access to it.

It is the duty of the board of trustees to protect and defend intellectual freedom. The role of a public library in a democratic society is to ensure free and open access to information and materials as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Every local public library should have a written collection development policy adopted by the governing entity. This policy should include selection criteria for all types of library materials and a procedure for reconsideration of materials in the event of a challenge.

For more information about Intellectual Freedom in libraries, the board and director should review the ALA Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read statements, as well as its own policies.

In the event of a challenge to materials, or other Intellectual Freedom issues, assistance is available:

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