November 25, 2015

Alabama: Mobile Public Library Says No to “Fifty Shades of Grey”


Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James has stormed the nation. It’s one of the most popular books out there but you won’t find it at libraries in Mobile.


Amber Guy with the Mobile Public Library said they will not be ordering the book.

“Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t fit our selection criteria because it’s classified as erotica,” said Guy.

There is no denying the book pushes the envelope, but that’s not the only reason Guy said the library made the choice. They said it’s also due to the quality.

“We always make sure it has positive reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal and Fifty Shades of Grey does not,” said Guy.

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Guy said the library’s selection criteria specifically prohibits “erotica,” and, besides that, the book hasn’t gotten very good reviews in various library and publishers’ journals.

The library’s board was made aware that library officials chose not to purchase the book at this time, and its members “are in agreement with that,” Guy said.

Anyone who wants to request that the library purchase a certain book — “Fifty Shades of Grey” or otherwise — can fill out a request form at the library, she said.

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