Throughout our history, Canadians have tried to ban books and magazines that they believe are offensive or inappropriate. These challenges to our intellectual freedom have sometimes been successful and sometimes not.
February 25 to March 3 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. "Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed to them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms." Visit the Freedom to Read website for more information, and to view their list of challenged works.
Several branches of the University Library will have displays throughout the week, showcasing books, articles, and periodicals that have been banned or challenged in Canada for a variety of reasons. These include both works of fiction and non-fiction. Visit the 1st floor of the Murray Library by the Ask Us Desk to see some examples of challenged books. The Murray Library Facebook page will also be sharing an example of a challenged book from our collection every day during Freedom to Read Week.