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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?

The image shows a rising trend in the number of unique book titles challenged from 2021 to 2023, with counts of 1,858, 2,571, and 4,240 respectively. The data is sourced from the Office for Intellectual Freedom American Library Association.

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has released new data documenting book challenges throughout the United States, finding that challenges of unique titles surged 65% in 2023 compared to 2022 numbers, reaching the highest level ever documented by ALA. Read the full announcement.

OIF documented 4,240 unique book titles targeted for censorship, as well as 1,247 demands to censor library books, materials, and resources in 2023.

See specific titles on the Frequently Challenged Books tab. (Accessed June 25, 2024)

Data, News, & Legislation

Censorship by the Numbers. Image showing an assortment of visual representations for book ban data for 2023 and the Banned Books Week 2024 theme (Freed Between the Lines). In 2023, the American Library Association documented the highest number of titles targeted for censorship since ALA began compiling data more than 20 years ago. 4,240 unique titles were challenged last year, up from 2,571 targeted in 2022. Learn more at "