The freedom to read is essential in our democracy, and a fundamental tenet of our work as librarians, publishers, and information professionals. In this spirit of freedom, Bertrand Library invites to join us in celebrating Banned Books Week (9/25 - 10/3).
-Katherine Furlong, Executive Director, Research Services and Digital Scholarship
On October 1, 2020, Professor Emeritus of English, John Rickard, gave a talk entitled "James Joyce and the Scandal of Ulysses" as part of Bertrand Library's Banned Books Week celebration.
Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, explains how people can express concern about the content of books without undermining others' freedom to read.
Below is an abbreviated list of books from our library catalog that have been banned/challenged in at least one year during the twenty-first century. Many of them have been banned or challenged repeatedly over the years and decades!