Intellectual Freedom

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19

CILIP opposes censorship and supports the right to intellectual freedom.

  • What is intellectual freedom?

    Intellectual freedom is the right to access and share information, to intellectual activity and creativity, to expression and debate. 

    A fair and prosperous democratic society is built upon access to information and ideas, the ability to develop knowledge and communicate with others.

  • The role of CILIP and our members

    Promoting intellectual freedom and human rights are central to the library and information profession’s ethics and values.

  • Children and Young People

    The UK is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Respecting privacy

    The control of our personal information has been radically transformed by the internet. Revelations about the practices of large internet companies, data leaks and hacks, and the practises of national security services have raised awareness about the challenges and conflicting interests of digital privacy. 

  • Resources

    Videos, guides and briefings, blogs and books about intellectual freedom in the context of the library and information sector.