Boston Public Library joins Books Unbanned initiative

Teens and younge adults across the US can apply to access the Boston Public Library’s digital resources.

Interior view of the Copley Square Boston Public Library branch

Banned Books Week takes place Oct. 1-7 this year.

Photo by @wirangrongg

The Boston Public Library is the third public library in the US to join the Books Unbanned initiative to help fight censorship + book banning, following in the footsteps of the Brooklyn Public Library and the Seattle Public Library (hey, SEAtoday). The program will offer US teens and young adults ages 13-26 free access to resources in the library’s digital collection.

Books Unbanned was created to help counter the ~20% increase in attempts to remove books from public and school libraries around the country.

The Boston Public Library’s Books Unbanned card is valid for one year and will allow cardholders to check out a maximum of 10 titles at a time + place 10 holds.

Save the date for this weekend’s Books Unbanned event Let Freedom Read: Statewide Read-In to Fight Censorship, on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Central Library in Copley Square.

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