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Banned Books Week 2022 – Libraries Unite to Fight Censorship

Sep 23 2022
The CILIPS Libraries Unite to Fight Censorship: Banned Books Week logo, reading 11am Friday 23rd September, online, free and open to all.

‘I would rather give a healthy child a vial of acid than this novel. Poison kills the body, but moral poison kills the soul…’

‘We cannot endanger the faith of pupils by presenting as good something which is condemned… such a blatant promotion of the LGBTQ+ ‘lifestyle’ is tantamount to child abuse…’

The statements above were made almost exactly a century apart but articulate with uncanny similarity the dramatic, ever-escalating emotive rhetoric that often characterises literary censorship. In both of these cases, the controversy centred on whether or not young LGBTQ+ people should be able to see themselves on the page.

For Banned Books Week 2022, let’s come together to join our sector’s worldwide collective action against the threat of censorship: making the most of our skills, experience and professionalism to fight for intellectual freedom.

This unique, thought-provoking online event at 11am on Friday 23rd September, part of the CILIPS online Autumn Gatherings 2022, will feature:

This free online event is open to all – please register here to play your part in defending diverse and dynamic library collections. #CILIPSFreedom.


Statement One – James Douglas, editor of The Sunday Express newspaper, during The Well of Loneliness obscenity trial, 1928.

Statement Two – Catholic Truth Scotland in support of a ban on author Simon James Green visiting a secondary school, 2022.

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