The New York Public Library’s mission is rooted in the principles of free and open access to knowledge, information, and all perspectives. From April 13 through May 31, 2022, thanks to a partnership with publishers Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, and Scholastic we welcome readers from across the country to get immediate access to a selection of titles that have been banned or challenged via our free e-reader app, SimplyE—with or without a library card through our Books for All Collection. No waits, no fines.
Read more about why the Library stands behind the importance of making all books available to everyone.
Available Now on SimplyE
- Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson (Square Fish / Macmillan Publishers)
- King and the Dragonflies | Kacen Callender (Scholastic)
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You | Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette Book Group)
- The Catcher in the Rye | J.D. Salinger (Little, Brown and Company / Hachette Book Group)
Note: Per the Library’s policies on materials accessible to SimplyE users under the age of 13, only King and the Dragonflies is available to those with children’s accounts.
How to Access the Books for All Collection
All of our “unbanned books” will be available starting April 13 through the end of May with no wait times via our free e-reader app, SimplyE, through the Books for All Collection.
- Download SimplyE on any iOS or Android device.
- As soon as you open the app, select Add a Library Later to browse the Books for All Collection.
- Enter your birth year to verify you are 13 or older, and get reading!
- If you already have SimplyE downloaded to your device with a preferred library, select the icon in the top left corner and toggle to the Books for All Collection.
"Knowledge is power; ignorance is dangerous, breeding hate and division. Since their inception, public libraries have worked to combat these forces simply by making all perspectives and ideas accessible to all."
—Tony Marx, President of The New York Public Library
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