Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques

Challenges Survey
Intellectual freedom is a fundamental value for libraries. As the voice of the Canadian library community, CFLA-FCAB affirms that libraries have a responsibility to support, defend, and promote intellectual freedom. On February 1, 2017, the members of CFLA-FCAB endorsed the 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.

This survey provides a record of the nature and outcome of challenges to intellectual freedom in publicly-funded Canadian libraries. By documenting and reporting these incidents, Canadian libraries demonstrate their commitment to public accountability and institutional transparency.


All personal and institutional information submitted via this form is kept confidential. For material challenges, book titles and reasons may be disclosed upon inquiry.  If you have questions or would like to report the challenge by email please contact Susan Caron at scaron@torontopubliclibrary.ca

*What are you reporting?

If the previous response is “Materials Challenge” please provide the following: Title Author or Performer Type of Item

*Please describe the incident.

*When did this happen?

*Who initiated the challenge or raised the issue?

*Why did the initiator say this was of concern? Please upload any relevant files

In which province or territory did this occur?

Please provide your postal code

*Where did the issue or challenge occur?

Name of Institution where the issue/challenge took place

*May CFLA have your permission to disclose additional information in our public reports?

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