With oral arguments set for June 7 before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, librarians and publishers have filed amicus briefs in a closely watched Texas case over the banning of books in the public library.

The case, Little v. Llano County, was first filed on April 25, 2022, by a group of concerned library patrons who, among their claims, alleged that Llano County officials were “systematically removing award-winning books from library shelves because they disagree with the ideas within them,” in violation of the First Amendment. County officials countered that the removals were simply part of the library’s right to “weed” its collection and remove titles.