In response to the recent increase in censorship of books across the state as well as nationally, the Library has funded a collection of challenged books.
Recent challenges to materials have made certain titles difficult to find, either because they have been preemptively removed from collections while awaiting a decision on their final retention or removal, or because they have been challenged. The nature of challenging and attempting to remove items from collections is that there is inevitably an increase in demand and interest in them. Rasmuson Library is responding to this by providing titles that might otherwise be difficult to access.
The Banned and Challenged Books collection offers materials in print in multiple copies to enable UAF community members the opportunity to check out items from the Library. Additional copies are made available for state-wide circulation. Digitized copies of select titles are also available through the Rasmuson Library as well as the Alaska Library Catalog.
Titles include the oft-challenged “Gender Queer: a Memoir” by Maia Kobabe, “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison and Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” as well as others that have been challenged for a range of reasons.
The collection is available for viewing and check out, (through use of a Library card), on the Library's 4th floor.