Centro de Referência Paulo Freire

Located on the premises of the Institute, the Reference Center Paulo Freire (CRPF) is dedicated to preserving and disseminating Paulo Freire’s memory and legacy. It has public character and free access, where you can have contact with texts, images, audios and videos related to the educator and also with some of his personal belongings.
The Reference Center is an outspread of Library Paulo Freire, organized by IPF since 1997, after the Paulo Freire’s sons donate to the Institute about seven thousand volumes, including books, magazines and documents that belonged to the educator. Paulo Freire repeatedly expressed the desire to bring his library for IPF and make it accessible to people and institutions in Brazil and abroad.
The Reference Center, physically, is structured into two collections: Collection and Paulo Freire Paulo Freire Institute Collection and virtually comes gradually making available the same information to increase access of people interested in the life, work and legacy of the educator .
Paulo Freire Cathalogue
It is organized into two main areas: the personal libraries of Paulo Freire and the educator’s own productions (work).
The first area – the personal libraries – was composed by Paulo Freire over 50 years, revealing much about the theoretical influence that guided his intellectual production. This area is divided into two libraries: one built prior before exile and other that he began designing after leaving the country, because he could not carry his books.
The first library consists of about a thousand volumes rescued after his return to Brazil. The amount of books was much higher when he left them in his relatives’ houses, but due to some flooding in Recife during the period he was out, he could only recoup a portion of what was left. The second library contains around four thousand books that Paulo Freire acquired by travelling aroud the world.
The second area (work) aggregates the material produced by the educator and other in partnership with other authors. Gathers articles, audios, letters, photographs, books, lectures, interviews, poetry manuscripts, videos, correspondence produced by Paulo Freire. Also noteworthy the journals in which he published articles, books prefaced, and orders issued in his term as Secretary of Education in São Paulo.
Paulo Freire Institute Collection
The Paulo Freire Institute Collection is divided into three areas: Collection Moacir Gadotti, Heritage and Libraries.
Moacir Gadotti  Collection includes the particular library from this educator who worked closely with Paulo Freire over 23 years. Gathers his own books and other authors, besides historical documents management by Freire when he was ahead of the Department of Education, in addition to photos, tapes, and other great historical relevance materials.
The legacy is constituted through the production of different authors referenced directly or indirectly in Frerean thought. Adds articles, magazines, newsletters, theses, dissertations, monographs, audio, video, text, photographs, journals, poems, tributes, photos, radio programs, testimonials. They are about three thousand documents, three thousand five hundred photographs, two hundred VHS, audio cassettes, CDs, besides the correspondence received by Paulo Freire.
Libraries Catalogue from Paulo Freire Institute gather publications, in various formats, which do not directly refer Paulo Freire, but they are very close to their philosophy, dealing with issues of relevance to the IPF practices, as Citizen Education, Popular Education, Ecopedagogy , Youth and Adults, among others.
CRPF Objectives
The objectives from CRPF are, among others:
  • Promote Paulo Freire’s work and legacy.
  • It is held as an open space, physical and virtual, for movements, networks, campaigns, universities, trade unions and other institutions and groups of people as a meeting place, and sharing knowledge production, reflections, studies and research.
  • Provide adequate information services to differente interest groups, associations, and local, regional and international institutions.
  • Develop an international network of documentation and Freirean information formed by documentation centers from the countries that disseminate and promote the Paulo Freire’s legacy.
Contribute to CRPF
The collection of the Reference Center Paulo Freire can be expanded with your collaboration. If you have any material produced until March 26, 1988 by Paulo Freire or where he appears (whether video, audio, text or image) and want to share with more people, please contact us. You can also contribute with materials produced from Freirean thought as dissertations, theses, books, projects, etc.. Both the “works” and the “legacy” may be digitally, printed and or analog.
To share your materials, contact the CRPF.
Publication Policy
The Reference Center Paulo Freire (CRPF) argues that sharing knowledge is one of the key ways for social inclusion and the fight for another world possible and better.
From this perspective, and considering that knowledge is a universal good and a right for all, encourages the sharing of knowledge produced by the educator Paulo Freire and his re-inventors through Creative Commons licensing model.
It is a global nonprofit project, operates in more than 40 countries, which makes available flexible licenses for intellectual works, creating a new model of management of copyright.
Among the various Creative Commons licenses, the CRPF has chosen, for most of its materials, by – Attribution-Noncommercial – Sealed the Derivative Works 2.5 (by-nc-nd) – authorizing any person or institution to make use of the materials well signposted in the acquis provided that:
a) Mention the authorship;
b) Do not make any commercial use;
c) Do not create derivative works.
For more information about the publication policy, please contact the CRPF.