This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, which takes place Sept. 30 to Oct. 6. I love reading-themed events, so naturally Banned Books Week is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s a full week to celebrate the essential liberties that librarians defend for us all year long: access to information and freedom to read. The sponsors of Banned Books Week have created several amazing, interactive tools to demonstrate censorship in action over the last 30 years and to help readers discover challenged titles and the stories behind them. Don’t miss Mapping Censorship , ALA’s Timeline and Virtual Read-Out.


For me, Banned Books Week is all about finding time to read inspiring books that have been taken out of context or misunderstood. My first step is always to take a look at the newly updated list of the most frequently challenged or banned books, compiled by the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, and mentally check off each one that I’ve already tackled. I’m consistently surprised to find that I’ve been inadvertently reading banned books all year anyway.


Does your digital collection contain any of the  most frequently challenged or banned books from the last decade?



Log in to Content Reserve to add these books and more to your collection and, of course, feel free to contact your collection development specialist for assistance.


Heather Valentine-Gold is a Library Partner Services Account Associate at  OverDrive.

One Response to “Celebrate Your Freedom to Read: eBooks for Banned Books Week”

  1. Sarah Gaustad

    We publish a picture book aimed at children that touches on this very issue of books providing exposure to supposedly ‘taboo’ information. In a somewhat dark, but extremely imaginatively and creatively realised, way the story touches on the practice by those in control of restricting information to maintain certain social patterns and power relationships. However, it is not all doom and gloom as the character in the story is strong willed and the events positively demonstrate the power that comes with knowledge and the ability to make a difference. It’s an interesting take on the world and definitely worth a look during this celebration of ‘banned books’!