EveryLibrary’s Banned Book Database

Are any of your favorite books on the banned list?

EveryLibrary's banned book database helps you keep track of the latest book challenges and bans.

It’s no secret that plenty of books exist that some people want to ban. But the question is: Do you really want to live in a world where you can’t read what you want because someone else has a problem with it?

First, let’s take a look at the difference between book bans and book challenges so you have a better idea of where each book in the database stands. 


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What Are Book Bans?

A book ban is the practice of prohibiting access to a particular book. This usually includes removal from a school or public library. Some public libraries may try to allow patrons to access digital copies of banned books through online platforms like Hoopla or Libby, but those avenues are also being targeted by lawmakers to completely block access to books that have been pulled from the physical shelves. 

What Are Book Challenges?

A book challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict access to a specific book. This is the first step toward banning a book, so it’s best to act fast before the book reaches banned status. Books may be challenged for various reasons, with the most common being sexual, LGBTQ+, or racist content, although some are simply attacked for what one person or group of individuals deems to be inappropriate.


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What Can You Do to Help? 

If you’re ready to get involved with library advocacy to address the rise in US book banning, EveryLibrary has a few ways that you can help! We’re currently partnering with an independent researcher and collecting donations to help support libraries all over the nation. Here’s what you need to know.

Check Out Our Banned Book Database

EveryLibrary has a current database tracking book challenging and banning efforts across the US. This was initiated by independent researcher Dr. Tasslyn Magnusson to analyze organizations, networks, and individuals leading book banning actions. The spreadsheet has been available since October 2021 to support library personnel, organizations, education stakeholders, and concerned citizens. EveryLibrary is partnering with her research to defend the right to read and provide free resources for anyone interested in getting involved. 

Sign Our Petition and Donate If You Can

When it comes to fighting book bans and challenges, every voice counts! If you’re interested in contributing to the cause, sign EveryLibrary’s Don’t Ban Books petition and make a donation to help support our efforts to prevent or reverse book bans in school and public libraries.



Visit www.everylibrary.org to learn more about our work on behalf of libraries. 

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