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Banned Books

A source of information about books that have been banned or challenged throughout the United States.

Banned Books

In support of the SJSU Ethnic Studies Collaborative.

What is a Banned Book?

Banned Books are books that have been banned or challenged because of their content. The books that have been banned have been completely removed for a library or have been challenged in an attempt to have them removed from a library, based on the objections of a person or a group. 

Definitions

  • Challenge:

An attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials.  Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.

  • Censorship:

A change in the access status of material, based on the content of the work and made by a governing authority or its representatives. Such changes include exclusion, restriction, removal, or age/grade level changes.

  • Intellectual Freedom:

The right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.

Censorship Data