List of Banned Books by University Libraries in 2017

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Dear University of Manchester,

In late December, Jo Johnson MP gave a speech stating that "the removal of ‘offensive’ books from libraries ... are undermining the principle of free speech in our universities.". I am attempting to understand what evidence he had to reach this conclusion.

Please may I request a list of books which have been "removed as a result of student(s) or other pressure group(s) requesting their removal" during 2017 from any libraries operated by your institution?

Yours faithfully,

David Brook

MTRS FOIA, University of Manchester

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Dear David,


Thank you for your email requesting data relating to University Library
banned books in 2017.


We will today forward details of your request to the relevant department
within the University of Manchester and will contact you again once we
have received a response.


With best regards


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|Professional Support Services | G.06 Christies Building | The University
of Manchester | Oxford Road | Manchester | M13 9PL |


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MTRS FOIA, University of Manchester

Dear Mr Brook


Thank you for your email requesting data on the removal of ‘banned books’
from Libraries at The University of Manchester.


The University Library confirms that they have not removed any books as a
result of student(s) or other pressure group(s) requesting their removal.


With best regards


Lisa Crawley



Dr Lisa Crawley l  Records Officer  l Information Governance Office
l Directorate of Compliance and Risk l  Professional Support Services |
Room G6 Christie Building  l Compliance & Risk Management Office l  The
University of Manchester  l  Oxford Road  l  Manchester  l  M13 9PL  l 
Tel +44 (0)161 275 8400  



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