Celebrate your freedom to read at the SFU Library during Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week, February 18 - February 24, 2024

Display extended -- visit our selection of challenged books till February 29 

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)

As we look forward to celebrating Freedom to Read Week’s 40th anniversary, we recognize that the campaign’s mission is more crucial than ever.


 Visit our in-person display

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




 Picture books

 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

Extended to February 29
Main floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby)

Discover why some books are challenged