Banned & Challenged Books

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Learn what books have been banned throughout history.


Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and access information.

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based on the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Find out which books made the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017:

Media interested in scheduling interviews with ALA spokespersons may contact Macey Morales, deputy director, ALA Public Awareness Office, 312-280-4393,; Steve Zalusky, manager of communications, 312-280-1546,; or Heather Cho, media relations specialist, 312-280-4020,

If you would like more information about banned and challenged books, contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4220, or For more information on how to get involved with Banned Books Week, email

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