Resources

Along with the annual list of banned/challenged books, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. Explore the following pages for listings of more banned/challenged books:

Stay Informed

While laws exist to protect freedom of speech in the United States, censorship remains an issue worldwide. Stay informed about censorship issues and get involved by exploring the links and resources below:

  • Global Censorship Chokepoints - An organization dedicated providing resources to those facing internet censorship across the globe.
  • Office for Intellectual Freedom - 
  • First Amendment Center - maintains an online First Amendment library and provides breaking news about First Amendment issues.
  • Freedom to Read Foundation - The only organization in the United States whose primary goal is to protect and promote the First Amendment in libraries by participating in litigation dealing with free expression in libraries and other venues.
  • American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression - Promotes and protects the free exchange of ideas, particularly those contained in books, by opposing restrictions on the freedom of speech.
  • National Coalition Against Censorship - An alliance of fifty national nonprofit organizations, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups, that works to educate both members and the public about the dangers of censorship and how to oppose it.
  • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund - Works to protect free speech in comics by supporting First Amendment rights for the comics community, fans and professionals alike.
  • American Civil Liberties Union - Works daily to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, including the freedom of speech and freedom of the press.  
  • The New York Times often covers books and other works that have been censored internationally, like in China and Iraq (as well as, occasionally, by the United States). Read about the role of books in other countries and the implications of book banning abroad and explore Web sites commonly blocked in countries like China and Saudi Arabia.