Events Calendar

Banned Books Week 2019

To highlight the value of access to information, by focusing on the freedom to seek and express ideas.


Wednesday, September 18th  |  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM  |  Banned Books Week Pop-Up

  • Hillman Library, Ground Floor

Join the University Library System in celebrating the freedom to read at the 2019 Banned Books Pop-Up! Stop by the ground floor of Hillman Library to view books,  learn why they were (and possibly continue to be) challenged,  and the outcomes of suppression efforts.  We’ll have buttons, activities, and more information about the issues behind banning books. We’ll also have details on upcoming ULS Banned Book Week events!


Tuesday, September 24th  |  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Banned Books Read-Out

  • Hillman Library, Ground Floor, Cup & Chaucer

This event will be a celebration of the freedom to read. We will have a sampling of banned or challenged books on-hand from which members of the Pitt Community are welcome to read short excerpts. Please join us as we take the opportunity to use our voices in support of the free expression and exchange of ideas. Reserve a spot to read your favorite banned book at


Thursday, September 26th  |  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM  |  City of Asylum Pop-Up

  • Hillman Library, Ground Floor

City of Asylum opened its doors in 2004 with a mission to provide sanctuary to literary writers exiled under threat of persecution. The organization creates a thriving community by defending, celebrating, and building on creative expression. Stop by to learn more about City of Asylum and it's Exiled Writer in Residency Program.


Thursday, September 26th  |  4:30 PM - 6:00 PM  |  Censorship & Intellectual Freedom Panel Discussion

  • Hillman Library, 1st Floor, Thornburgh Room

The University Library System will host a moderated panel discussion on Thursday, September 26th, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, focusing on censorship in literature, use of censorship as propaganda in the current political climate, and intellectual freedom in a library setting. The panel will feature faculty members from Information Science and Law, as well as a public librarian, in order to bring together an array of perspectives and experiences. In addition to the panel discussion, there will be time for questions and participation from members of the audience. 

Thursday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260