As a public librarian, I recognize the value and importance of fair dealing within my library system.
Our patrons exercise fair dealing to make copies of materials for a variety of reasons including wanting to keep a copy of a relevant news article for future reference, needing the latest consumer reports information on a product they are researching for purchase, or looking for pertinent historical documents related to their family history.
By providing these materials to our patrons we are facilitating their access to information, which is at the core of a public library’s mandate. We acknowledge that an informed citizenry is integral to a strong functioning democracy and believe that fair dealing plays a central role in establishing and perpetuating equitable access to information for all Canadians.
Surrey Public Library