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Banned Books Week

Want to get involved? The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom offers a wide variety of resources and activities/ideas to get more engaged, such as hosting events and creating interactive displays in libraries, speaking out against book challenges in your local community, and checking out and reading/re-reading one of the (many!) books on the Frequently Challenged Books list.


Spot any favorites on the list? Come celebrate Banned Books Week right here at UAlbany by reading a passage from your most beloved banned book at the Read-Out Uptown in the University Library on September 28th from 8:00-10:00pm – or simply drop in for the post-reading discussion or to hear passages read by others. For more information, contact Amanda Lowe – Information Commons Evening Coordinator – at


If the wide variety of books on the Frequently Challenged list are any indication, what constitutes censorship and if and when it is ever appropriate is a hotly debated topic! Learn more about the issues of intellectual freedom and banned books with the following resources, available for checkout from the University Libraries:


  • Heins, M. (2001). Not in front of the children: "Indecency," censorship, and the innocence of youth. New York: Hill and Wang. Dewey Library / Z 658 U5 H42 2001
  • Karolides, N. J. (2005). 120 banned books: Censorship histories of world literature. New York: Checkmark books. Dewey Library / Z 658 U5 K35 2005
  • Knox, E. (2015). Book banning in 21st-century America. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. Online
  • Magi, T. J. & Garnar, M. (Eds.). (2015). Intellectual freedom manual. Chicago: ALA Editions. Dewey Library / Z711.4 .I57 2015
  • Potter, R. C. (2013). Obscene modernism: Literary censorship and experiment 1900-1940. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Online
  • Scales. P. (2015). Books under fire: A hit list of banned and challenged children’s books. Chicago: ALA Editions. Dewey Library / Z 1019 S325 2015


In addition, databases such as LISTA and LISA are also great places to search for information on this topic.

For additional assistance researching Banned Books Week and associated concepts, contact the Subject Librarian for Library and Information Studies, Deborah Bernnard.


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