Banned Books Week

Image of a book with text on a banner reading Banned Books Week
September 22, 2019 (All day) to September 28, 2019 (All day)

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. 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. Typically 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 — librarians, booksellers, 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.

The theme of this year’s event proclaims “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark,” urging everyone to “Keep the Light On.” By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Learn more here.