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Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

The A.P. Mahoney Library endorses both the Ontario Library Association's Statement on the Intellectual Rights of the Individual (7 November 1998) and the Canadian Library Association's Statement on Intellectual Freedom (18 November 1985), part of which is reproduced below.

All persons in Canada have the fundamental right, as embodied in the nation's Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to have access to all expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity, and to express their thoughts publicly.  This right to intellectual freedom, under the law, is essential to the health and development of Canadian society.

Libraries have a basic responsibility for the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom.

It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable.  To this end, libraries shall acquire and make available the widest variety of materials.

Libraries should resist all efforts to limit the exercise of these responsibilities while recognizing the right of criticism by individuals and groups.

Freedom of Inquiry

Both in an institution's internal life and in its relationship with its publics, freedom of inquiry is indispensable for good theological education.  This freedom, while variously understood, has both religious roots and an established value in North American higher education.  Theological schools have a responsibility to maintain their institutional purpose, which for many schools includes confessional commitments and specific responsibilities for faculty as stipulated by these commitments.  Schools shall uphold the freedom of inquiry necessary for genuine and faithful scholarship, articulate their understanding of that freedom, formally adopt policies to implement that understanding and ensure procedural fairness, and carefully adhere to those policies.

ATS Standards 3: Learning, Teaching and Research: Theological Scholarship

Academic Freedom and Tenure - a policy statment of ATS


In compliance with the Personal Information Protection & Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), it is Library policy that names of users, their personal data, and identification of items signed out to them or requested by them are not released, except as may be required for the application of the sanctions and penalties specified above.  For further details consult the Library's Privacy Statement.