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Banned Books & Censorship

Learn more about banned books, censorship, and how you can fight for your intellectual freedom

What is Censorship?

Censorship is the purposeful limiting or silencing of information, writing, art, or other communication by a government, institution, or individual.

Watch the video below and explore this guide to learn more about censorship.

What is Being Censored?

More Than 100 Titles Challenged In: January 1 - August 31, 2023: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia. Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library AssociationBetween January 1 and August 31, 2023, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom reported 695 attempts to censor library materials and services and documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles - a 20% increase from the same reporting period in 2022, which saw the highest number of book challenges since ALA began compiling the data more than 20 years ago.

The vast majority of challenges were to books written by or about a person of color or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

See specific titles on the Frequently Challenged Books tab.

"Book Ban Data", American Library Association, March 20, 2023. (Accessed October 6, 2023)

Data, News, & Legislation

Censorship by the Numbers infographic depicting who initiates challenges, where challenges take place, what types of materials or services are challenged, and the spike in the number of challenges taking place.