Banned Books Week

Sunday, September 24, 2017
through Saturday, September 30, 2017
Alexander Library, Art Library, Douglass Library


Megan Lotts

Join the American Library Association (ALA), Rutgers University Libraries, and the worldwide book community in celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 24–30, 2017. Banned Books Week, now in its 36th year, is designed to engage communities in dialogues about censorship and the freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment to openly access, read, and express opinions about information.

In 2016, the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom recorded 323 challenges by censors who wished to remove or restrict materials from libraries or curricula based on objections to their content. During Banned Books Week, we celebrate the champions who fought to keep these books on the shelves and the power of words to allow us to experience a diversity of perspectives outside our own.

This year, members of the Rutgers community will have the opportunity to create original art exploring the themes of censorship, intellectual freedom, and banned books through a number of participatory events supported by a grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation. View the current schedule below and visit for more Banned Books Week resources and information. Don’t forget to share your experiences by tagging us on social media and using the hashtag #RutgersBannedBooks.

Rutgers Banned Books Week 2017 Schedule of Events

Banned Resources Exhibit
Art Library
September 12–November 1

“Missing Books” Exhibit
Douglass Library
September 19–October 1

Button and Journal Making
Alexander Library
September 26, 3–4:30 p.m.

Banned Books Week Reception and T-Shirt Giveaway
September 28, Time TBA

Self-Directed Opportunities
Ongoing during Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week coloring pages, bookmarks, buttons, and stickers
Art and Douglass Libraries
September 24–30

Banned Books Week Photo Booth
Art Library
September 24–30

Banned Books Week Contest
Art Library
September 24–30

Alexander Library
Art Library
Douglass Library