Politico Reports on Brooklyn Public Library’s “Books Unbanned” Program

From Politico:

Far from the moats in states like Florida and Texas, organizations in Deep blue New York is entering the fray by lending 25,000 books directly to non-residents since the spring, including thousands of students living under the bans. The Brooklyn Public Library’s Books Unbanned program gives people ages 13 to 21 access to their eBook collection and learning databases.


The Brooklyn Library says disseminating information is part of its core mission. And as more and more states began banning books in schools and libraries, the library system was forced to resist them.

“We say that’s what libraries do, we provide access to these materials,” said BPL President and CEO Linda Johnson. “Literature is such a powerful thing and it allows you to get to know yourself better, your world, it allows you to see new things and we don’t think anyone should be excluded from it, regardless of where they live. “


Tony Marx, president and CEO of the New York Public Library, said it’s not about a “big city pushing a liberal agenda,” but about libraries doing their job of making knowledge and information accessible.

“What Brooklyn is doing is fabulous,” Marx said. “What each of us can do to resist this effort to limit the public’s right to read is critical, and … we should do all we can.” The simple fact is that it is outrageous that this is happening.”

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See also: CNN: “Brooklyn Public Library Issued 5,100 Free Library Cards to Make Banned Books Available to Teens” (September 15, 2022)

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Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, author, consultant and frequent conference speaker in the Washington DC area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has received multiple awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006 to 2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also co-founder of infoDJ, an innovation research consultancy that helps companies’ product and business model teams discover facts and insights just-in-time.

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