Get caught reading at the SFU Library during Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week, February 19 - February 25, 2023
Freedom to Read Week is an annual Canadian event that encourages us to think about and reaffirm our commitment to intellectual freedom -- a right guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The SFU Library upholds “the principles of intellectual and academic freedom; these are acknowledged as the foundation of collections management at the SFU Library, and contribute to an environment of openness, inquiry and innovation at the University.” (SFU Library Collections Policy Statement)


Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. 

  Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 Visit our in-person displays

Check out the displays at Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) and Fraser Library (SFU Surrey) for books that have been challenged or banned.



Read online


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....[L]ibraries 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 Statement on Intellectual Freedom
February 19 - 25
W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby), Fraser Library (SFU Surrey)

Discover why some books are challenged