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Banned and Challenged Books

Library Responses to Banned Books

NYPL Books for All

The New York Public Library stands by the right to read freely. In response to recent efforts to ban certain books in some communities across the United States, the Library is making a selection of commonly banned books available to everyone—for free.

BPL Books Unbanned: The Freedom to Read

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is launched the Books Unbanned campaign to "help teens combat the negative impact of increased censorship and book bans in libraries across the country". For a limited time, young adults ages 13 to 21 nationwide, will be able to apply for a free eCard from BPL, unlocking access to the library’s extensive collection of eBooks.

To access the books:

Seattle Public Library's Books Unbanned 

Seattle is offering a card and access for students 13-26 to access eBooks and Audiobooks. 


Nashville Public Library's Response

Nashville Public Library invited readers across Davidson County to get a free, special edition “Banned Books” library card and explore the many titles — including Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and The Catcher in the Rye — that have been challenged in public spaces across the U.S.