Welcome to the library. Is your speech protected here?

The First Amendment protects us from government interference in our speech in a public space. The means that when we are in a public place, such as a park, we can express our opinions freely and the government can’t tell us what to say or what kind of information we need in order to form our thoughts. Does the same apply to public libraries? Can the government decide what books we can’t read? Can our access to books or websites be limited?


Network Citation Map of Library Free Speech Cases

Explore this network map based on the citations these famous library free speech cases used in their decisions and the cases that cited them down the line. Cases are colored based on the issue they dealt with and the map is grouped around the two cases in this example. Size of the case corresponds to the number of citations that case has received.

Explore the map on its own