Let’s just make something clear here, okay? Libraries don’t ban books. Libraries cannot ban books. No librarian has ever kicked down the door of a publishing house and seized control of the presses to keep a book from being printed. Libraries don’t go out into the street and search people for contraband literature.
What libraries can do is decide what books they will shelve and what books they will not shelve. Libraries can also restrict access based on age or other criteria to certain collections.
If a local library chooses not to buy a particular book, or if it decides to pull a book from its shelves after having bought it, that is not banning a book. That doesn’t keep anyone from buying the book, reading it, giving it away, selling it on e-bay, or whatever. The book is still available, it just isn’t available to be checked out from that particular library.
Can we please stop equating a local school district’s decision not to circulate The Catcher In The Rye in grade schools with the Nazis executing people for trying to smuggle The Moon Is Down into Holland? Because any parent who desperately wants his 10 year old daughter to read about Holden Caulfield’s extended pity party can just go down to the local Barnes & Nobel and buy her a copy.