Regina Public Library supports intellectual freedom and endorses the Canadian Federation of Library Association (CFLA)’s Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries. This is of such significant importance that it is included in RPL’s Values statement.
The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) is the new national association that has replaced the role of the Canadian Library Association. As a federation, CFLA’s governance is tied to representation from all of the multi-sectoral library associations as well as the two large sectoral associations (Canadian Urban Libraries Council and Canadian Association of Research Libraries).
CFLA’s statement says that all persons in Canada have a fundamental right, subject only to the Constitution and the law, to have access to the full range of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, and to express their thoughts publicly. Further, libraries have a core responsibility to support, defend and promote the universal principles of intellectual freedom and privacy. They are the key institution in Canada for rendering expressive content accessible and affordable to all. Libraries are essential gateways for all persons living in Canada to advance themselves through literacy, lifelong learning, social engagement, and cultural enrichment.