#UniversalAccesstoInformation #IDUAI #AccessToInfoDay #RightToKnow
“Intellectual freedom is a universal human right that involves both physical and intellectual access to information and ideas. Libraries provide physical access through facilities, resources, and services. Libraries foster intellectual access through educational programs and instruction in essential information skills” ().
Did you know that on September 28, the International Day for the Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) is held? Each year, this day promotes and reminds us of the importance of accessing and sharing information for all.
The importance of access to information cannot be understated as it is crucial for an informed citizenry and democratic society. Access to information encourages transparency, fights corruption, and helps to foster a healthy society (
Librarians advocate for access, democracy, lifelong learning and intellectual freedom, as of our profession. We believe that information resources should be “readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users” ( Further, we believe in the principles of intellectual freedom and the importance of sharing differing perspectives in an effort to resist censorship.
Ottawa Public Library advocates for and promotes and sharing of information as essential for a democratic society, and as embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, The Canadian Federation of Library Associations, and Ontario Library Association. We are committed to providing services that are providing equity of access to all members of our community.
Would you like to learn more? Check out some of the following resources
- " 8am Sept 28
- (Carleton University)