Depending on your experience growing up, you probably have personal views about libraries. On the positive side of the spectrum, maybe you see the Library as a wonderland filled with more stories than you could possibly read in a lifetime. At the opposite end of the spectrum, it could’ve been a place where you had to sit and be quiet.
Center of Intellectual Freedom
What you may not realize is the Library is a dedicated home for intellectual freedom. It is a place where patrons can check out materials without fear of repression or limit on freedom of speech. This is a foundational principle of our democracy and is as instrumental to our rights as the First Amendment to the Constitution.