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Banned Books Week is September 27- October 3, 2020!

Join DePaul University Library for an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.

Typically held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information. Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week has reminded us that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to or view.


City Lit Theater presents Books on the Chopping Block!

Wednesday, September 30 at 1-2:30 p.m. online

Join DePaul University Library and City Lit Theater for a virtual performance of Books on the Chopping Block, a series of dramatic readings from the most frequently banned and challenged books of the past year. Q&A to follow. Participants can enter in a raffle to win a bookstore gift card.


Lessons in Leadership from Banned Books

Wednesday, September 30 at 6-7 p.m. online

As part of Banned Books Week, the Office of Student Involvement will be hosting a live streamed session titled “Lessons in Leadership from Banned Books” on Wednesday, September 30 at 6pm.  In this session, a panel of DePaul students, faculty, and staff will discuss lessons that they have learned from books that may have been deemed controversial or were banned. 

Banned Books Week Zoom Social: Reading & Identity

Thursday, October 1 at 3-4:30 p.m. online

Stop by the UCWbL's Zoom social for an informal conversation about what it has meant to you to see yourself reflected in literature and how book bans and challenges impact all of us! Feel free to bring a favorite book or passage to share.

Most Challenged Books of 2019