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NDLA and the Intellectual Freedom Committee

Policies, Guidelines, and Forms

  1. Checklist for community understanding
  2. Checklist for promoting intellectual freedom and preparing for challenges
  3. Dealing with concerns about library resources
  4. If you receive a complaint
  5. Letter to complainant (sample)
  6. Request for reconsideration of library resources form (sample)
  7. Request for consideration of library resources form (sample)
  8. Materials selection policy
  9. Role of Trustees
  10. Policy on confidentiality of library records
  11. Suggested procedures for implementation
  12. Policy on confidentiality of library records (sample)
  13. Receipt to accompany release of library records form (sample)
  14. Policy concerning confidentiality of personally identifiable information about library users
  15. Example of confidentiality violations
  16. Law enforcement inquiries: guidelines for staff
  17. Procedure for employees regarding law enforcement inquiries (sample)

Library Bill of Rights and Interpretations

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Intellectual Freedom Statement and Principles

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Intellectual Freedom and the Law

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Resources

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NDLA Statement on Intellectual Freedom

The North Dakota Library Association is concerned with the needs and rights of all citizens of North Dakota to have free access to library collections of sufficient scope and quality to provide the means for fruitful inquiry. It is the position of the North Dakota State Library Association to affirm and actively protect the freedoms of speech and press as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America and to support the policy statements pertaining to intellectual freedom heralded by the American Library Association. It is understood that libraries provide interested students and citizens with records of the past, desired information on all subjects and relevant points of view relating to contemporary and controversial issues. 

It is the responsibility of librarians to accept as their broadest obligation the encouragement of free inquiry to vast and divergent information in order to preserve the perpetuation of the democratic process. This responsibility is accompanied by a commitment to defend the democratic process against any attempts on the part of any persons or groups to obstruct free access to any other citizen of North Dakota.


Adopted by NDLA August 1985; Reaffirmed April 2008, August 2009, and October 2022


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