Freedom of information response

Library book challenges

Publication date: 
Wednesday 24 January 2024

As a freedom of information request, please provide data regarding the number of challenges to books received by your library/libraries for each calendar between 2018 and 2022, plus so far in 2023.

For this request, a book challenge is defined as a formal complaint requesting that materials be removed from a library because of content or inappropriateness. Specifically, please provide each of the following for each year if available:

  • The number of challenges received
  • The title and author of the books challenged
  • The reason (if any) provided for the challenge
  • The action taken in response to the challenge

We have not received any ‘official’ complaints re the information requested below.

We have recently received some feedback regarding a children’s book, which we have passed on to complaints and they have emailed the resident to see if she would like to record it as an official complaint, but as of today no ‘official’ complaints received.

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Where the copyright is owned by Thurrock Council, you must apply to the Council to re-use the information. Please email if you wish to re-use the information you have been supplied. For information where the copyright is owned by another person or organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their permission.

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Request reference:
FOI 13320