Updating library collections: A global challenge:

"Shortly after Iran fell to Islamic revolutionaries in 1979, a book dealer sending volumes to Harvard's libraries cut out pictures of the deposed Shah so that the books would not be confiscated."

"The removed pages were sent separately later, but the incident illustrates the lengths that dealers and Harvard library collectors have to go to keep collections of regional publications current."

"The Iranian example was just one of many given on Thursday (May 8) during the Spring 2003 Librarians' Assembly, which brings together librarians from across the University and which was held in Harvard Hall." (from The Harvard Gazette)