MORE ARTICLES FROM ‘Libraries and First Amendment’

Patriot Act

Since its passage 45 days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the USA Patriot Act has been a lightning rod for controversy. It has taken center stage in a vigorous debate over the proper balance between national security and individual liberty.
Supporters contend the Patriot Act is responsible for preventing further catastrophes. Sen. Mitch McConnell, [...]

Internet Filters & Public Libraries

Internet Filters & Public Libraries is a First Report by David L. Sobel, general counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center, on the issue of Internet filtering at public libraries.
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Libraries & First Amendment overview

The urge to regulate expression is often found in the very institutions where one might expect to find more deference to First Amendment rights and values — Congress, state legislatures, local governments, even the religious and academic communities. The unsurprising exception to this tendency among major U.S. institutions is the public library.
The library, after all, [...]

Banned books

“Local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books …”
— U.S. Supreme Court in Board of Education, Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982)
The Pico case is the most important court decision to date concerning school libraries and the [...]