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Books Unite Us; Censorship Divides Us

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Banned Books Week, September 26-October 2, 2021, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of attempts to censor books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Each year the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.

Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information and celebrates the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.

The books on our physical display in Lockwood Library and virtual display available on the UB Libraries website, are a small representation of those that have been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools over the years.

If you would like to find out more about why a particular book was banned or challenged, go to: https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks