Celebrating Banned Books Week

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

In honor of Banned Books Week, the David L. Rice Library and University Archives and Special Collections believes all books should be accessible for our students, faculty, staff, and public. Inside of our rare and special book collection, we have numerous banned and controversial books. The American Library Association (2017) listed the top one hundred banned and controversial novels of the 20th Century reasons and some of our books were listed such as:

For more information on banned and controversial books, please go to and search “Banned Books Week” for more information.


American Library Association (2017). Banned and/or controversial books from the Radcliffe publishing course top 100 novels of the 20th century. Retrieved from