The Fight against Book Bans: Perspectives from the Field

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Library staff and faculty defend intellectual freedom and describe standing against book challenges.

Book bans and challenges frequently make the news, but when the reporting ends, how do we put them in context? The Fight against Book Bans captures the views of dozens of librarians and library science professors regarding the recent flood of book challenges across the United States, gathered in a comprehensive analysis of their impact and significance. It also serves as a guide to responding to challenges.

Chapter authors provide first-hand accounts of facing book challenges and describe how they have prepared for challenges, overcome opposition to certain books, and shown the value of specific library materials. Library science faculty with a range of specialties provide relevant background information to bolster these on-the-ground views. Together, the chapters both articulate the importance of intellectual freedom and demonstrate how to convey that significance to others in the community with passion and wisdom. This volume provides a timely and thorough overview of the complex issues surrounding the ongoing spate of book challenges faced by public and school libraries.


  • Reinforces the significance of intellectual freedom to public and school libraries
  • Describes how different librarians have responded to challenges and explained the importance of intellectual freedom to their communities
  • Acts as a step-by-step guide to responding to challenges

Imprint: Libraries Unlimited

Publishing: June 2023

Pages: 240

Sku: 9781440879760

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