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Banned Books Week offers an opportunity for readers to voice their concerns, celebrate free expression and show their communities the importance of intellectual freedom.

Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 18 - 24, 2022

What is Banned Books Week?

Geisel Library is proud to support Banned Books Week (September 18 - 24, 2022).

"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 of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular."

From the American Library Association’s website. Retrieved Sept. 13, 2016.


Lists of Banned Books

Find lists of books that have been most frequently challenged or banned here:

Censorship by the Numbers inforgraphic depicting who initiates challenges, where challenges take place, what types of materials or services are challenged, and the reasons materials are challenged.

Banned Books Week at Geisel Library


Come check out our physical display of books that have been banned across the world, from classics to kids' books! Check them out! Read them! Feel like a rebel!

Book Discussion: Banned Book Club 

In her graphic novel, "Hyun Sook shares a dramatic true story" of her undergraduate experience, one "of political division, fear-mongering, anti-intellectualism, the death of democratic institutions, and the relentless rebellion of reading" (Good Reads) 

Join us on Friday, September 23 from 12:30-1:20 pm in the Reading Room to chat about this graphic novel!

Copies of the book are available for you to borrow at the Circulation Desk.

Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook


Meet the Library Staff via Their Favorite Banned Books!

We're on social media! Check out our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok all year around, but especially this week!

You've always wanted to know which banned books are our favorites, and now you can! We'll be featuring our library staff pictured with their favorite banned books on our social media the whole week. And our books will be on display for you to check out and read yourself!