Censorship Policy

Northern Vermont University Libraries do not tolerate censorship, either of its physical collection or its access to electronic resources, including the internet. The library adheres to both the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association and the American Library Association Code of Ethics. Specifically, with respect to issues of censorship, we adhere to the following:

We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom, and resist all efforts to censor library resources.

Paragraph II, ALA Code of Ethics

  • Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views contributing to their creation.
  • Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal approval.
  • Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
  • Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.