Field Report 2016: Banned and Challenged Books
This annual bibliography includes information on books and resources that are challenged, restricted, removed, or banned. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiled twelve pages filled with descriptions of public challenges and ways to defend the freedom to read.
Compiled by author and former Illinois Library Association director Robert P. Doyle, the Field Report describes public challenges to books, films, programs, meeting rooms, displays, and online resources that happened in 2016.
The Field Report is the perfect handout for those who may think book-banning is a thing of the past, and readers who want to stay informed of recent attempts to restrict their access to information.
Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and draws attention to the harms of censorship. Learn more about Banned Books Week and censored books at ala.org/bbooks.
Field Report 2020
Visit the ALA Store to purchase the most recent bibliography of banned and challenged books. The Field Report is filled with descriptions of public challenges and ways to defend the freedom to read.
A digital version is also available. Sales support the American Library Association’s work in defending and promoting the right to access information.
Established December 1, 1967, the Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries.