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Celebrate your freedom to read!

Banned Books Week is September 22 - 28th, 2019

Check out our events and celebrate your freedom to read!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. 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.


Join the DePaul University Library and the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning at these events to celebrate your freedom to read.

Friday September 27, 1:00 - 2:30 PM: City Lit Theater presents: Books on the Chopping Block: 115 John T. Richardson Library. Watch a performance of readings from the 11 most challenged books of 2018 by the actors of City Lit Theater. Come early and make a button featuring a favorite banned book!  Refreshments, Raffle, and Q&A to follow.

Top 11 Challenged Books of 2018


Censorship leaves us in the dark. Proclaim your dedication to keeping the light on and offering an array of viewpoints by supporting banned books. Become illuminated!