For over 20 years, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has gathered statistics on the books that are challenged across the country. Every Spring, they release a recap of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books. These annual lists–which often feature books that are about minority and LGBTQ+ communities–create awareness about censorship attempts in libraries.
In 2022, there were over 1,200 attempts to ban library materials and over 2,500 books targeted, the highest amount submitted since OIF began tracking (Garcia, 2023).
There were several ties last year, so there are actually 13 Most Challenged Books this year as opposed to the typical Top 10 list. You can check out parts of the book covers in the photo above, and if you want to read one of the titles, you can find them in our catalog using the list below!
American Library Association. (n.d.) Top 13 Most Challenged Books of 2022. https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10
Garcia, R. (2023, March 22) American Library Association reports record number of demands to censor library books and materials in 2022. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10
If you're on campus and have a Stanford ID, visit Lane Library during Banned Books Week (October 1-7) to participate in banned book-themed activities! Banned Book Week activities include:
Can’t make it to the library? We also have virtual activities! Check back in on this guide, and keep an eye on our social media pages for images and recaps!