All persons in Canada have the fundamental right, as
embodied in the nation's Bill of Rights and the Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to have access to all
expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity,
and to express their thoughts publicly. This right to intellectual
freedom, under the law, is essential to the health and
development of Canadian society.
Libraries have a basic responsibility for the development and
maintenance of intellectual freedom.
It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate
access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual
activity, including those which some elements of society may
consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable. To
this end, libraries shall acquire and make available the widest
variety of materials.
It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee the right of free
expression by making available all the library's public facilities
and services to all individuals and groups who need them.
Libraries should resist all efforts to limit the exercise of these
responsibilities while recognizing the right of criticism by
individuals and groups.
Both employees and employers in libraries have a duty, in
addition to their institutional responsibilities, to uphold these