Library Freedom Institute

Introducing a new, privacy-focused collaborative program between New York University and the Library Freedom Project.

Enrollment for our Summer 2018 session has closed, but will reopen again later this year for our Summer 2019 cohort. 

From Librarian to Privacy Advocate

The Library Freedom Institute (LFI) is a privacy-focused six-month program for librarians to teach them the skills necessary to thrive as Privacy Advocates; from 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 visitors as much privacy as you can armed with the latest secure practices and tricks.

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 LFI

Library Freedom Institute is a six-month program for a select group of librarians made possible by 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 the questions below and submit the attachments, including permission from a supervisor. 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.

Meet the 2018 Cohort

Click to learn more about the background, experience, and motivations of the Library Freedom Institute's 2018 Cohort.

Tess Wilson
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Claire Lobdell
Greenfield Community College
Hoan-Vu Do
San Diego Public Library
Lucia Cedeira Serantes
Queens College (CUNY)
Bryan Neil Jones
Nashville Public Library
Megan Kinney
Contra Costa College
Joshua Stone
Southeast Florida Library Information Network
Rebekah Eppley
Oakland Public Library
Ally Mellon
Mississippi Library Commission
Sara Brown
Baltimore County Public Library
Sarah White
Eugene Public Library
K’Lani Green
Charleston County Public Library
Kelly McElroy
Oregon State University

Have Questions?

If you have questions about the Library Freedom Institute or on how to apply for our next cohort, don't wait- the deadline is coming up fast, so get in touch!


The Library Freedom Institute wouldn't be possible without the generous funding of our friends at 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