Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada


Statements and Briefs

From time to time the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CBUC) adopts positions, submits briefs to government, and reacts to issues.  


Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CBUC) Statement on Race & Social Equity

As leaders of North America’s public libraries, we are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential. Our libraries can help achieve true and sustained equity through an intentional, systemic and transformative library-community partnership. Our library systems are working to achieve equity in the communities we serve by:

  • Eliminating racial and social equity barriers in library programs, services, policies and practices
  • Creating and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion and respect both in our library systems and in all aspects of our community role
  • Ensuring that we are reaching and engaging disenfranchised people in the community and helping them express their voice
  • Serving as a convener and facilitator of conversations and partnerships to address community challenges
  • Being forthright on tough issues that are important to our communities

Libraries are trusted, venerable and enduring institutions, central to their communities and an essential participant in the movement for racial and social equity.

Originally endorsed by the Urban Libraries Council

Download the Statement in English and French

Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CBUC) Statement on eBook Pricing Models

The pricing model recently announced by HarperCollins Publishers that imposes a cap of 26 uses on eBooks does not work for public libraries. It will be difficult for libraries to manage, difficult for distributors to support, and the circulation limit per copy is not in line with the performance of most print counterparts. However, we recognize the need to work with publishers to implement a system that allows libraries to meet the expectations of our customers, without harming the publishing industry in Canada or elsewhere. Pricing models have to work for all parties. As stated in the  CULC/CBUC Vision Statement , it is important to understand that “The future of library collections depends on the ability to collect, describe, organize, and preserve these collections.”

Download the full Statement on eBook Pricing Models in  English

Download the Vision Statement in English or French        

Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CBUC) Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Canada’s urban public libraries recognize that a diverse and pluralistic society is central to our country’s identity. Public institutions, including public libraries, have a responsibility to contribute to a culture that recognizes and celebrates this diversity.

Libraries can help to encourage an attitude of inclusion by ensuring that all residents of Canada receive public library service that is respectful. Canada’s large urban public libraries recognize and will energetically affirm the dignity of those they serve, regardless of capabilities, or personal wealth. All Canadian residents should be able to seek information and engage in personal discovery free from any attempt by others to impose values, customs, or beliefs. – October 2008


The following have been submitted recently.

  • CULC/CBUC’s letter of support for LAC’s Digitization Strategy
  • CULC/CBUC letter to Ministers Clement and Moore on Bill C-32 (Copyright).  This is a preliminary response (June 7, 2010).  Click here to download a PDF version of the letter. 
  • Input on the Consultation Document: Establishment of a Non-governmental organization (NGO) in the context of the national network for equitable library access (March 2010). 
  • Support of the IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural ManifestoClick here to download a PDF version.
  • Submission to the Federal Copyright Consultation (2009).   
  • Response to LAC-BAC Consultations (Autumn 2009).