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Banned Books

A guide to resources on banned books, censorship, and organizations that fight censorship in America and across the globe.

Links to Lists of Challenged and Banned Books


Banned and Challeged books available online via GCC Library (selected).

Banned Books from Internet Archive (browse by subject)

Banned Books from the University of Pennsylvia Online Books Page

Other Lists

Frequently Challenged Books - Variouis lists from ALA

Top 10 Most Challenged Books - Annual lists from ALA

Banned and Challenged Classics - From Radcliffe Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century & ALA
(available at GCC Library)  ALA provides further information about the challenges to titles on this list. 

List of Books by and about Imprisoned, Threatened, Murdered and Jailed Writers - PEN and Amnesty International
(available at GCC Library)

American Library Association annual Field Reports (pdf):

2004-05 | 2005-06 | 2006-07 | 2007-08 | 2008-09 | 2009-10 
2010-11 | 2011-12 | 2012-13 | 2013-14 | 2014-15 | 2015-16 
2016 | 20172018 | 2019 | 2020

The current field report may be available at GCC Library or via the Canvas Class for select GCC courses.

Books about Various Banned Books


Each of the books listed below provide multiple perspectives on the censorship debate and the limits of free expression. Content in the Opposing Viewpoint titles is also available in the Opposing Viewpoints database. Similar articles may be found in other Contemporary Issues databases.

Books about Banned Book Legal Trials

Search the GCC Library for Banned Books



Type directly into the search box above to find books by keywords (default) or by selecting the drop-down arrow to change your search to a specific author or title.

You can also click on these links, which list books available through the GCC Library and contain the subject heading  Books on Freedom of Expression  or Prohibited Books

If you need help finding a book on the shelf or online... 
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