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Unite Against Book Bans Toolkit

February 23, 2024

The American Library Association and UABB partner organizations trust individuals to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. We must protect the rights of everyone to access a variety of books – in libraries and elsewhere.To help you amplify and support this campaign, we have prepared the following toolkit for your organization's and your individual use.

State of America's Libraries Report 2023

April 24, 2023

In 2022, the global COVID-19 pandemic entered its third year; political, economic and digital divides grew; and book challenges and bans surged across the country. ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked a record 1,269 book challenges, the highest number of demands to ban books reported since they began compiling data about censorship in libraries. But despite all these challenges, libraries thrived, pivoting to offer new and updated services to their communities. Adaptation and innovation shined in 2022, proving that there truly is "more to the story" at libraries.

State of America's Libraries Special Report: Pandemic Year Two

April 4, 2022

In 2021, libraries of all types stepped up to meet the needs of their communities as they responded to the impacts of a second year of the global pandemic. Library staff in every state faced an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books. ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. Most targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons. Read more about the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2021 and libraries' response to the pandemic in the State of America's Libraries Special Report: Pandemic Year Two.

From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018

March 21, 2018

This summary includes key findings from the 2018 research and highlights notable comparisons to 2008 results. The analysis shows that libraries remain valued institutions that most voters have a positive association with and find useful. There continues to be stalwart support for library funding in many communities as evidenced by the fact that the majority of local library ballot measures in recent years have passed. This new national voter data, however, indicates a softening in committed support for libraries over the past decade. Libraries and library advocates should take action to address this downward trend.Key Findings:a majority of US voters believe public libraries are essential to communities and a source of civic pridevoters still highly value traditional library services such as free access to books and quiet areas, but also increasingly value the library as a community hubthere continues to be a disconnect between the services libraries offer and public awareness and support for those servicesalthough a majority of voters are likely to support library funding at the local ballot box, fewer are committed to definite support than a decade agoa majority of voters still do not realize that the primary source of library funding is local

Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2008-2009

September 15, 2009

Based on a survey of public libraries, examines trends in demand for, provision of, and quality of free computer and Internet services and in library budgets. Includes state data and suggestions for improving public access connectivity and infrastructure.

Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2006 - 2007

January 1, 2007

Examines the findings of a survey, a questionnaire, and state focus groups that pertain to funding for and access to computers and the Internet in U.S. public libraries.