The Ralph E. McCoy Collection of the Freedom of the Press, housed in the Special Collections Research Center, offers the opportunity to explore issues of censorship and freedom of expression from a historical perspective. It is one of the world's best collections of rare books highlighting the history of First Amendment freedoms. It includes examples of many books that have been banned in the United States and Europe over the centuries.
The links below lead to web resources on the history of book banning, the texts of banned books, and contemporary censorship issues.
Banned Books Week is celebrated annually, with sponsorship from the American Library Association (ALA), the National Association of College Stores, and many other organizations. According to the ALA, "Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States." You can learn more about Banned Books Week here.