Materials Challenge Resources

Intellectual Freedom Task Group

PSLA Intellectual Freedom Task Group Website

If you’re facing a challenge, the PSLA IFTG Rapid Response Team is here to help. Click Here

This website also includes support, resources for facing intellectual freedom challenges, policy and procedure recommendations and proactive actions.

 PaLa and PSLA Position Statement

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) and the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) are pleased to work together in supporting all library workers and libraries in Pennsylvania that face material and book challenges. Libraries provide access to and display a variety of materials representing a broad range of perspectives and experiences.  

PaLA and PSLA believe that libraries in PA must: 

  1. Make available the widest possible range of viewpoints, opinions, and ideas, so that every person has the opportunity to freely read and consider information and ideas.

  2. Resist any effort to censor library materials, programs, or displays by endorsing policies that serve to safeguard the principles of intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. 

  3. Not exclude materials because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

  4. Not proscribe or remove materials because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

We stand opposed to censorship and any effort to coerce belief, suppress opinion, or punish those whose expression does not conform to what is deemed to be orthodox in history, politics, or belief. We are committed to collaboratively supporting libraries and library workers as they uphold the First Amendment to the US Constitution and the freedom to read and learn for all library users.