Read Banned Books

This site features selected books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts. Here you can read about these books, and about attempts to ban them. You can follow links to sites that discuss these books, to the catalogs of libraries that may lend them to you, and to booksellers that may sell you copies. You can also read some of these books online for free via The Online Books Page.

This site, now in public preview, will continue to grow through Banned Books Week 2022 and beyond, and will eventually replace our older Banned Books Online exhibit after it is further developed and populated. Comments and suggestions are welcome.


Books subject to recent ban attempts

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Read these banned books for free online

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Browse banned books

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You can also browse other specific categories, including lgbt, pregnancy, race, religion, and sex.

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Edited by John Mark Ockerbloom (onlinebooks@pobox.upenn.edu), who is solely responsible for its content.
Read Banned Books is a featured exhibit of The Online Books Page and is subject to its copyrights and licenses.