Banned Books Week

    Banned Book Weeks 2016

    Banned Books Week is September 25 to October 1, 2016.

    Here is a link to the Facebook album of photos from Banned Books Week 2015 store displays.

    The ABFE Group at ABA is a sponsor and advocate for Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read by encouraging readouts, bookstore displays, and community activities designed to raise awareness of the ongoing threat of censorship. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- booksellers, librarians, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

    Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, according to the American Library Association.

    The Banned Books Week website is a hub for information about how individuals and institutions can become involved in celebrating this important event. It also includes resources and activities provided by event sponsors.

    Display materials are in Advocacy section of Designs & Downloads.

    Banned Books Week is sponsored by ABFE and ABA, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Freedom to Read Foundation, National Association of College Stores, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN American Center, People for the American Way Foundation and Project Censored.

    To learn more, visit