Statement on the Freedom to Read

The Florida Library Association (FLA) supports the freedom to read and the right to free speech. These activities are protected by the First Amendment, and FLA is committed to defending these rights for all library patrons.

As a chapter of the American Library Association, FLA endorses the Library Bill of Rights[1]. This document prioritizes equal and equitable access for all individuals to a diverse library collection that does not exclude material “because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.” To that end, FLA advocates for library policies that support diverse and inclusive collections. Library books and materials should reflect the broad intellectual, recreational, and personal interests of all readers. 

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