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Intellectual Freedom Statement

The Library fully supports intellectual freedom and the freedom of inquiry as defined by the American Library Association.[1] These principles are closely aligned with those of academic freedom. Such freedoms require two essential elements. First, is the right of individuals to hold any belief on any subject and to convey ideas in any form they deem appropriate. Second, is our commitment as a community of learners and scholars to the right of unrestricted access to information and ideas regardless of the communication medium used, the content of the work or the viewpoints of either the author/creator or the receiver of the information. To meet curricular and research needs of the university, the Library will purchase or acquire materials which reflect a wide variety of viewpoints and modes of expression, even when the content of these materials is controversial or unpopular. The Library supports access to information on all subjects that serves the needs and interests of our users. In keeping with these principles and in recognition that the Library is a collective, common space, users may be asked to be discreet in their viewing or use of sensitive materials.

 [1] American Library Association. Library Bill of Rights, 1996, available at and Freedom to Read Statement, 2004, available at (last viewed Dec. 14, 2021).

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