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NCC Library Collection: Banned and Challenged Books: Home

This guide highlights the books in our collection that have been previously banned or challenged; it also discusses censorship more generally.

Banned Books in NCC Library Collection

Below are the books in the NCC Library's collection that have been banned or challenged in at least one time in history. The reasons for these books being banned or challenged are archived by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE).

Although book bans and challenges have seen a significant increase media attention in the past few years, the idea of banning books isn't new. The list of banned books in our collection has been arranged in chronological order, beginning in 1852, to show how long book banning has been happening. 

Note: In a few cases, a video is included because NCC Library doesn't own the book.

Banned and Challenged Books, 1852-1970

Banned and Challenged Books, 1986-present

Banned Books Week 2022: September 18th - 24th

The American Library Association (ALA) holds a Banned Books Week every September to bring awareness to "the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular" (American Library Association, "Banned Books Week").

A challenge against a book in public or school libraries is "an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group;" an attempt to ban a book is "the removal of those materials" (American Library Association, "Banned Books Week").