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Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. The courts have established a First Amendment right to receive information in a publicly funded library like UW. In a library, the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry and thought without having one's identity or the subject of one's interests put them at risk for harm. The UW Libraries does not support inquiry and thought that enforces white supremacist and oppressive aims.

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This guide was created and is maintained by UW Library staff Reed Garber-Pearson. Contact Reed with any questions, comments or suggestions. 

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