In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 18-24), Eugene Public Library invites everyone to celebrate and rededicate ourselves to our right to read, listen to, view, write, create and otherwise experience or express whatever we choose.
This right is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. For years, many people in this country assumed that censorship was a thing of the past or at least that “it doesn’t happen here.” Each year, the American Library Association honored Banned Books Week largely as a reminder of historical events and an encouragement to remain aware of the potential threat of censorship and the importance of freedom of speech.
But this year, our nation faces a striking increase in censorship. Individuals, organizations, candidates and elected officials are requesting, demanding and sometimes legislating that public libraries, school libraries, classrooms and book stores remove or restrict access to particular titles.
In addition to addressing the harm that censorship causes, Banned Books Week celebrates the fact that over time, in the majority of cases, books have remained available precisely because people spoke out for the freedom to read. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- readers, writers, students, librarians, educators, booksellers, publishers and journalists –- in shared support of the value of free and open access to information, entertainment and inspiration.
During Banned Books Week, we feature titles that have been targeted for removal or restriction. These booklists click through to our catalog for placing hold requests:
Adults - Banned Books
Teens - Banned Books
Kids - Banned Books
To stay informed about constantly-breaking news on this topic and to get involved in protecting this essential right, visit or follow:
ACLU - Banned Books
American Library Association
OIF - American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom
EveryLibrary Banned Book Store