GSTR 110 - Feagan (fall 2024)

The size of the problem

Between January 1 and August 31, 2023, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) reported 695 attempts to censor library materials and services and documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles.* The number of unique titles challenged has increased by 20 percent from the same reporting period in 2022, the year in which the highest number of book challenges occurred since ALA began compiling this data more than 20 years ago. Most of the challenges were to books written by or about a person of color or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.                                            

Garcia, Raymond. “American Library Association Releases Preliminary Data on 2023 Book Challenges.” News and Press Center, 19 Sept. 2023,