Celebrate your freedom to read!


Visit the Online Exhibit!

Banned Books Week kicks off a month-long exhibition on intellectual freedom.

LSU Libraries will commemorate Banned Books Week with an exhibit in Education Resources, 227 Middleton Library.  Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be observed Sept. 25 – October 2 by libraries, bookstores, schools, and others concerned with freedom of speech.

Banned Books Week commemorates one of the most basic freedoms in a democratic society — freedom from censorship.  Since its inception in 1982, it has reminded us that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves.  The theme for this year’s observance is “Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same.”   The LSU Libraries exhibit is a month-long celebration of intellectual freedom, so will be available for viewing through October 30.

Begin your tour of the exhibit in the lobby of Middleton Library where there is a display on significant acts of censorship in recent history. Take the opportunity to post a comment about your personal experiences with censorship.

Browse the materials in Education  Resources to learn about the most challenged books of 2009 including award winners and books challenged in Louisiana.  See the censorship map that illustrates censorship efforts across the country.  Learn the difference between banned and challenged books.  See the number of challenges by year, reason, institution, and initiator for 1990-2008.  Find information on laws and censorship in Louisiana.  Pick up a bookmark and a list of banned or challenged books.  You will be surprised by some of the titles!


Education Resources/Exhibit Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 12:00 Noon. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 Noon – 10:00 p.m.

Please note:  Library hours are subject to change due to events and resources. You can confirm hours by calling 578-8875 or checking the web page at http://www.lib.lsu.edu/admin/hours/index.php.

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