Freedom to Read: Highlighting Books Banned or Challenged Throughout History


Freedom to Read Week is an annual event in Canada, taking place at the end of February. It encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed to them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Every year hundreds of books are banned and challenged around the world.⁠

Starting from Freedom to Read Week and all throughout March, UBC Bookstore features an extensive display highlighting books that were at some point banned, challenged or restricted in Canada and around the world. The display is accompanied by a collection of educational facts and dates on the titles presented. Visit us in store to browse all books and learn more.

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