Library Freedom Institute

A privacy-focused collaborative training program for librarians brought to you by New York University and Library Freedom.

Enrollment for the Summer 2019 Cohort has passed, but stay tuned! Our next enrollment period is coming Fall 2019.

From Librarian to Privacy Advocate

Library Freedom Institute (LFI) is a privacy-focused training program for librarians to teach them the skills necessary to thrive as Privacy Advocates; from educating community members, to installing privacy software, to influencing public policy.


Learn the Skills

Building on the success of the LFP's shorter courses, you'll learn how to install, use, and troubleshoot privacy software like Tor Browser.


Secure Your Library

Make your library as safe as it can be, and give your patrons as much privacy as you can armed with the best privacy strategies and tools.


Protect and Train

Educate and train your community on privacy best practices. Support privacy rights as an advocate by pushing for privacy-first policies and legislation.

About the Library Freedom Institute

Library Freedom Institute is a program for a select group of librarians made possible with generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Participants will spend 5 hours per week on a combination of readings, webinars, exercises, class discussion, and assignments. LFI is a free online course with one in-person requirement, which will take place on a weekend in New York City. To be eligible to participate, applicants must complete all application requirements (which will go online when the application period re-opens in November 2019). There is no cost to this program; including the weekend in NYC. LFI is primarily seeking public librarians, but we welcome applications from all librarians who do outreach in their communities.

Library Freedom Institute is made possible with the generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

  • “DHS (Department of Homeland Security) fought to stop libraries from using privacy technology, but @LibraryFreedom beat them. Librarians are badass.”
    Edward Snowden
    Board Chairman, Freedom of the Press Foundation