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Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse (OIFC)

The OIFC collects reports about challenges to intellectual freedom in all types of Oregon libraries and schools. Entities report the information to OIFC on a voluntary basis, and reports may be submitted anonymously.

Information reported is compiled annually into an annual report on challenges to intellectual freedom and added to a cumulative list of challenges since 1988. Names of people, organizations, libraries, and towns will not be included in these publications. However, the State Library will disclose copies of incident reports if a public records request is submitted.





What constitutes an intellectual freedom challenge?

Challenges can be any of the following:

  • Materials challenge (books, movies, music, magazines, digital content)
  • Internet-related challenge (filtering issues, access to computers, use policies)
  • Library service (meeting rooms, programs, author visits, exhibits, displays, hold shelf practices)
  • Patron privacy or confidentiality (personally identifiable information, circulation records)
  • Hate crime (defacement of library property to target a specific group; use of swastikas or other symbols of intimidation, harassment or assault on library property)
  • Other (student publications or performances, access to libraries or library cards, social media, artwork, "First Amendment Audit")

Should I report challenges that don't go through the formal challenge process?

Yes, the State Library encourages you to report any challenges to intellectual freedom issues (materials, privacy, etc.) whether or not they have been through the formal challenge process. This includes any challenges that may be occurring in schools outside the library. The more information we have, the better picture we can paint about the intellectual freedom landscape in Oregon.

Why does the State Library need information about challenges at libraries?

Will my name, library name, or city name be published?

No identifying information will be published. The State Library stopped publishing identifying information in 2010. However, the State Library will disclose copies of incident reports if a public records request is submitted. 

My library already submits this information to ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF). Do we have to fill out another form?

It is very useful to have a record of incidents in Oregon, so the State Library encourages you to submit reports via the OIFC. The State Library shares the OIFC annual reports with ALA so they will receive your information, minus the identifying details, at that time.