Controversy around youth novel Into the River has stirred rising interest in the book at some libraries.
In September, the president of the Film and Literature Board of Review issued an interim restriction order banning sale or distribution of Ted Dawe's book pending completion of a review, following a Family First application.
This month, the book -- which contains scenes of sex, crime and violence -- was classified as unrestricted.
Rotorua District Library director Jane Gilbert said the library's copy of the book was purchased in March 2013 and was issued 13 times before the interim ban -- at a rate of less than once every two months.
Children's and teens librarian Kylie Foster said Into the River had been out once since the ban was lifted and three people had reserved the book.
"It has generated a lot of discussion in the community, so I think it will continue to be popular over the coming months," she said.
She said she thought the ban on the novel was "a bit over the top".
"It drew a lot of attention to the book so I think it's only raised its interest in the community," she said.
Tauranga City Libraries manager Jill Best said the libraries' copy of Into the River had been borrowed four times between November 2012 and the beginning of the ban -- a rate of less than once every eight months.
"We put it back on the shelves the afternoon that the judgement was delivered and it was issued within minutes," said Ms Best.
Three people had also reserved the book.
Ms Best was pleased the book was available to borrowers again.
"From our point of view, we feel that teenagers face these sorts of problems in their lives and it's better that they encounter them first in a safe fictional setting to think about," she said.
Before the ban, Hastings District Libraries customers borrowed the books at a rate of just over once every two months.
Collection services team leader Linda Harrowfield said the novel was currently on issue and there was one reservation.
In a submission to the Film and Literature Review Board, Hastings District Libraries manager Paula Murdoch said the libraries supported open access to the book and urged the interim restriction be lifted during the appeals process.
She said the constant cycle of classification and review of the book had increased its profile and the book was now far more likely to be sought out by the community.
She said a restricted age classification created a barrier to access for an age group that could easily get out of a regular reading habit.
"Naturally, the book's subject matter is not to everyone's taste, but as a public library, we stand against the censorship of material that candidly raises contemporary and widespread issues of relevance to its intended audience..."
It seems the controversy over the novel hasn't excited interest from readers at two other libraries.
Whangarei Libraries manager Paula Urlich said she wasn't aware of a large number of locals enquiring about the book since the ban was lifted.
Wanganui District Council community and culture manager Sally Patrick said there had been no real change in the popularity of the book at Wanganui libraries since the ban. Ms Patrick didn't agree with the interim ban on the book.
"Into the River is an award-winning teenage novel. That the majority of the Film and Literature Board of Review voted to remove the temporary restriction is justification that the interim ban was in no way necessary," she said.
According to the Film and Literature Board of Review's most recent decision on Into the River, the board received more than 550 submissions and emails expressing views about the book.
The board said it accepted the book described, depicted or otherwise dealt with matters such as sex, crime, cruelty and violence.
It said it had read, considered and discussed all aspects of the book about which submitters had expressed concern. It accepted there were aspects of the book which many would find offensive and regard as inappropriate for children.
However, none of the submissions provided any direct evidence of any harm caused when the book was available on an unrestricted basis or pointed to injury to the public good if the book were again available on an unrestricted basis.
The decision said the book could have a positive impact on the public good if it either encouraged young adults to read, as a number of submitters suggested it might, or raised the real problems surrounding bullying for thought and debate.
The book described unacceptable, offensive and objectionable behaviours, but it didn't in any way promote them. "On the contrary, the book clearly sets out to discourage and discredit such behaviours," the decision said.