American Library Association

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Every year books are challenged in libraries, bookstores, and schools by people who want to remove or restrict access to certain material. And in 1982, in response to these challenges and as a means to draw attention to the harms of censorship, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), along with the National Association of College Stores launched the first Banned Books Week.