Reporting a Challenge

Since 1990, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom has maintained a confidential database on challenged materials. ALA collects information from two sources: media reports and reports submitted by individuals. All challenges are compiled into a database. Reports of challenges culled from media across the country are compiled in the bimonthly Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom; those reports are then compiled in the Banned Books Week Resource Guide. Challenges reported to the ALA by individuals are kept confidential and used for statistical purposes only. In these cases, ALA will release only the title of the book being challenged, the state, and the type of institution (school, public library). The name of the institution and its town will not be disclosed. A list of most frequently challenge books is compiled from these challenges for each annual Banned Books Week.

To report a challenge, please submit an Online Challenge Database Form. Alternately, you can print the Challenge Database Form (PDF), complete it, and fax it to  the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at 312-280-4227.

Need Assistance?

For assistance with actual and possible challenges to library materials, services, and programs,  contact Deborah Caldwell-Stone, OIF Deputy Director, Telephone: 800-545-2434, ext. 4221, Fax: 312-280-4227, dstone@ala.org, or at the Office for Intellectual Freedom, 800-545-2433, ext. 4223.

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