TITUSVILLE, FLA. -- The Brevard County Library System reports that it is returning the work "Fifty Shades of Grey" to its library shelves.
The library had put 19 copies on its shelves, but the library services director had them removed after learning of their erotic content.
The move left the impression among library-goers that the system was trying to decide what the patrons could and couldn't read; but officials deny that was the case.
Library officials said the initial decision to remove the book was made as a result of the system's initial analysis of the book "and its controversial content."
The decision to return the books to the shelves, effective immediately, was in response to public demand, according to library officials; who said it also came "after considerable review and consideration by the library system."
Officials said they were reviewing their selection criteria in the event of future decisions along these lines.
The library services director defended the post from allegations that the library was acting as a censor and not a custodian of works, claiming that they always stand against censorship.