Banned Books Week Press Kit

Banned Books Week 2022

The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracks attempts to ban or restrict access to books across the United States and to inform the public about censorship efforts in our libraries and schools. Attempts to remove library materials continued during the pandemic, despite many libraries and schools closing or moving their activities and services online.

In 2021, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services, affecting 1,597 books. OIF has documented 681 challenges to books through the first eight months of 2022, involving 1,651 different titles

The office also noted a focus on demands to remove books that addressed racism and racial justice or those that shared the stories of Black, Indigenous, or people of color. A list of banned and challenged titles can be found on the ALA website.

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.

Banned Books Week (September 18 - 24, 2022) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Media Contacts:

Media interested in scheduling interviews with ALA spokespersons may contact the ALA Communications & Marketing Office, cmomedia@ala.org.

Press Releases

Sep 19: Access to a Wide Variety of Reading Materials Is Critical for Student Development & Well-being

Sep 16: American Library Association Releases Preliminary Data on 2022 Book Bans

Sep 15: American Library Association Highlights Increasing Censorship Attempts During Banned Books Week Programming

Apr 04: National Library Week kicks off with State of America’s Libraries Report, annual 'Top 10 Most Challenged Books' list and a new campaign to fight book bans

Resources

Download Banned Books Week Artwork

About Banned & Challenged Books

Frequently Challenged Books

Banned Books Week Coalition Website - an umbrella website to share resources and promote Banned Books Week events for all the sponsors

Yearly Lists of Challenged and Banned Books

Book Challenges and/or Banned  2020 - 2021 (PDF)

Book Challenges and/or Banned  2019 - 2020 (PDF)

Book Challenges and/or Banned  2018 - 2019 (PDF)

Book Challenges and/or Banned  2016 -2017 (PDF)

Book Challenges and/or Banned  2015- 2016 (PDF)

Book Challenges and/or Banned  2014-2015 (PDF)

Book Challenges and/or Banned  2013-2014 (PDF)

Book Challenges and/or Banned  2012-2013 (PDF)

Additional lists are available.