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Banned Books

The purpose of this Topic Guide is to study and understand the practice and reasoning for "banned and challenged books."

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"What is the difference between a challenge or banning?

A challenge is 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.  Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection."

Subjects and Keywords to Search:

Z 657-659        Freedom of the Press.  Censorship.

Z 1019-1033    Special Classes of Books
                         (prohibited books, rare books, paperbacks, reprints)


Keywords:  banned books, challenged books, censorship, prohibited books, freedom of speech, freedom to read, intellectual freedom

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