National Library Week: Advocating for Intellectual Freedom at the Law Library

By Ellen-Rae Cachola

The Law Library has launched Ready, Set, Library! National Library Week on April 7 through 14, to raise awareness on library access, censorship, and intellectual freedom. Take a look at these International Federation of Library Association and Institutes Library Map of the World statistics on the number of libraries, libraries with internet access, full-time staff, volunteers, physical visits, registered users, physical loans, and electronic loans.  What do these statistics mean regarding equity and trends in information access world wide?

Take a look at this Censorship By the Numbers poster by the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom. Who initiates book bans? Where do these challenges take place? What type of information has been banned? Why do you think censorship is on the rise?

We have agency at our local level to respond to these issues. That is why the Law Library created an exhibit to raise awareness on the top 5 most challenged books in the United States, and is offering a Book Raffle to the Law School community to win a copy of each book. 

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Flamer by Mike Curato

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Law School community can enter their name and contact at the raffle box, or at the QR code below, to win to read a challenged book in support of intellectual freedom.  Winners will be contacted each day of this week. Stop by the library and enjoy a piece of cake, enter a drawing to win a “challenged book”, and “celebrate the gift of libraries everywhere and the adventures and opportunities they unlock for us every day.” Follow our social media channels (FB, IG, X) to see if you win a book.