North Rotunda & Victoria Gallery temporarily closed Read more

Home > Stories > Restricted books

Restricted books

01 December 2020

Not so long ago, JD Salinger's coming-of-age story Catcher in the rye was a banned book, along with classics like Ulysses and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

State Library Victoria holds a cache of supposedly subversive and dangerous books which were marked with special stars on the spine, and kept hidden away 'from prying hands and curious minds' as Principal Librarian Des Cowley explains.

In this film, Des lifts the curtain on these restricted texts, many of which contain the word 'sex' in the title and some of which are (gasp!) on display in our World of the book exhibition.

More to explore