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You can find this bracelet featuring covers of banned books at Prairie Lights.
John Milton’s pamphlet Areopagitica written against licensing and censorship in 1644. Special Collections copy is from 1738 demonstrating its continued importance nearly 100 years later (and still today).
"Areopagitica is among history’s most influential and impassioned philosophical defences of the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression, which was written in opposition to licensing and censorship. It is regarded as one of the most eloquent defences of press freedom ever written because many of its expressed principles form the basis for modern justifications of that right.” -Wikipedia
Martha the cat and Mary enjoy reading challenged books at Murphy-Brookfield Books. 

The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books

Special Collections has a bibliography from 1583 has items that were censored crossed out from every page.  Can you read the Latin note on the title page? …”auctores damnatos Hacte[..] quidem prohibita, nunc autem cum expurgatione permissa.”  What is the H word…?

Catalog record:

Thanks to Professor Adam Hooks for suggesting this one! 



Made a diagram two years ago about banned books for the worst art class ever. Seriously that class was a nightmare. All info given from

A beaut.

(Source: mrhandsomejack)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade) by Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens). First English Edition from 1884. It was released in England before it was released in the US in 1885.

Controversial from the very beginning, the book continues to be challenged or banned to this day.


Check out what your libraries are doing for Banned Books Week!

Durango Public Library (CO)

Spencer Public Library (IA)

Smith Public Library (TX)

Lafayette College

Lawrence Public Library (KS)

What about yours? Submit or share photos of your library’s freedom to read!

As well as frequently challenged books, UI Libraries has books about censorship as well. These are from the Reference Collection in Main Library — try searching for the subject heading Censorship — History in the catalogue.