House Bill 2789 was introduced last month in the Illinois General Assembly to address the acquisition and circulation of library materials by public libraries in the State of Illinois. The proposed legislation declares it to be State policy:

to encourage and protect the freedom of pubic libraries and library systems to acquire materials without external limitation and to be protected against attempts to ban, remove, or otherwise restrict access to books or other materials.

If passed, the bill would require Illinois public libraries to develop written policies to prohibit the practice of banning books or other materials in order to be eligible to receive grant funding from the State. 

We will monitor this bill and provide an update as it makes its way through the legislative process in Springfield.

Post Authored by Erin Monforti & Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink