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Banned Books: Freedom to Read

The guide provides resources on Banned Books Week and links to banned books available at USC Libraries. This guide supports DEI (USC unifying value), intellectual freedom (ALA Library Bill of Rights), and freedom of speech (First Amendment).

Available at USC Libraries: Most Challenged Books of 2023

ALA Banned Books Week September 22-28, 2024 promotional banner depicting the 2024 theme, Freed Between the Lines.

Read one of the most 10 challenged books of 2023 available through USC Libraries. USC Libraries could not purchase ebooks of all the 10 most challenged books due to publisher restrictions for academic licenses for some titles in ebook format. 

Access to diverse books aligns with USC's unifying value of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Access to diverse books aligns with the American Library Association's commitment to intellectual freedom outlined in the Library Bill of Rights, which states that libraries should "provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues," "challenge censorship," and "cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas."

Access to diverse books aligns with the First Amendment right of free speech.


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