Each year, the American Library Association releases a top 10 list of the most targeted books. It contains the books libraries have recorded the most complaints about, in many cases nowadays because of topics such as anti-racism or LGBTQIA+ themes.
The Erasmus University Library has collected the books that were the most controversial in the past year: they are now available for loan. View this online exhibition of the ‘controversial’ works and read why they were targeted.
In a polarized political climate, librarians in the United States are increasingly being threatened. During Banned Books Week, September 18-24, publishers, libraries, book sellers and readers celebrate the freedom to read. Emphasis is on the freedom to seek and express ideas, including those some consider unpopular or unorthodox.
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