CFLA-FCAB Celebrates Freedom to Read Week and Champions Free Expression 

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) is pleased to support Freedom to Read Week (February 25 to March 3). This annual event encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  

Intellectual freedom is a fundamental value for libraries. The Canadian Federation of Library Associations affirms that libraries have a responsibility to defend and value intellectual freedom. CFLA-FCAB's Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries <>. It reads in part:

Libraries have a core responsibility to safeguard and facilitate access to constitutionally protected expressions of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, including those which some individuals and groups consider unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable.

Libraries provide, defend and promote equitable access to the widest possible variety of expressive content and resist calls for censorship and the adoption of systems that deny or restrict access to resources.

CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Committee

CFLA-FCAB is proud to announce that its Intellectual Freedom Committee has been established. The committee's mandate is to advocate for the value of intellectual freedom in Canada and to develop policies, guidelines, and reports to inform Canadians on the importance of intellectual freedom.

CFLA-FCAB National Forum May 2, 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan

We are pleased to invite our members to join us for the inaugural CFLA-FCAB National Forum which will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan on May 2, 2018. The Forum is carefully designed to blend informative sessions with challenging roundtable conversations. It will include an afternoon panel on Intellectual Freedom and discuss the importance of sustaining this core value. Details are available on the CFLA-FCAB website    

CFLA-FCAB Statement on Fair Dealing

CFLA-FCAB's Copyright Committee released a new statement on Fair Dealing which states:

One important value that all libraries share is providing information to those who are seeking it...Fair dealing is an important and vital user right that empowers library users to learn and explore new opportunities for personal fulfillment and intellectual or professional growth, supports scholars and scientists in research, and challenges citizens to think critically about the world.

CFLA-FCAB is hosting a new website devoted to Fair Dealing..

Prison Libraries Network: The Right to Read

In September 2016 CFLA-FCAB endorsed the Right to Read statement which was drafted by the Canadian Prison Libraries Network

Freedom to Read 2018 includes an article The Right To Read: A Prison Story which discusses the fundamental right of incarcerated people to read, learn and access information.

2017 Intellectual Freedom Challenges Survey – Please Participate!

Did your library experience any challenges to materials, resources, services, or policies in 2017? Challenges include disputes about Internet access, meeting rooms, speakers, library displays, exhibitions, or other matters that would prevent or restrict access to titles, collections, services, or other resources.

If so, please report the details of each challenge in this longstanding survey, now managed by the CFLA-FCAB.

Your responses will help inform the CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Committee to develop policy and advocacy work on behalf of the membership and the Canadian public. Results are shared with the Book and Periodical Council [of Canada] and the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. An anonymized version of the 2017 challenges database will be available without charge on the CFLA-FCAB website.

The purpose of the survey is to gather data about the nature and outcomes of challenges to intellectual freedom initiated in publicly funded Canadian libraries (e.g., public, school, post-secondary, and government) between January 1 and December 31, 2017.




The deadline to submit is March 31, 2018.

If you have questions about the survey, feel free to contact Donna Bowman at

Thank you for participating in this important national work

Freedom to Read Week is a project of the Book and Periodical Council.

Alix-Rae Stefanko