Intellectual Freedom

We stand for the opportunity for all Utahns to read, view, listen, speak, write, or think freely. 

If you know of a situation where such an opportunity is being withheld or obstructed, especially in regard to Utah libraries, please contact the committee Chair or Vice-Chair listed below.

Inform yourself and those around you!


Read ALA’s Library Bill of Rights  and Freedom to Read Statement.
Read ULA’s Intellectual Freedom Manual and Action Guide.

We rely on librarians, educators, and the public to report censorship. If you have encountered censorship and book challenges in your library or school, please help us by using ALA’s simplified challenge reporting form at



Banned Books Week 2016 – Be a Hero, Write the Story

The Intellectual Freedom Committee is pleased to announce the winner of their Banned Book promotion “Be a Hero, Write the Story”. Heather Buhler is an employee of Salt Lake County Library Services and will be finishing her MLS at the end of this year. Her story titled By Any Other Name reminds us that heroes are ordinary people, and that all of us need to be ever vigilant in defending the freedom to read. Congratulations to Heather. by-any-other-name


Utah’s submission to ALA’s 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week! 

Current Officers:

Chair: Wanda Mae Huffaker, Librarian, Salt Lake County Library Services, (801) 842-9178,

Vice-Chair: Mindy Hale, Librarian, Orem Public Library, (801) 229-7145,

Secretary: Olivia Wilkinson, Cataloger, Orem Public Library, (801) 2297465,


For Committee members: Read ULA’s Policy for Actions on Intellectual Freedom Issues.
For Committee members: Join the Committee’s Facebook group.