Carleton University Library is celebrating its 3rd Annual Freedom to Read February 21st - 25th, 2016 and we’d like you to join us! 

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression and intellectual freedom, guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. At Carleton, we are currently planning a series of events throughout the week.

Readings from Banned and Challenged Materials

We will be hosting two sets of readings from banned and challenged materials by members of the Carleton community. The readings will take place Wednesday, February 24th and Thursday, February 25th from noon - 1pm in our Main Floor Reading Room.

Panel Discussion

We will also host a panel discussion on issues involving freedom of expression, censorship, and banned/challenged books.  Moderated by Susan Harada, Associate Director of the School of Journalism and Communications, this event will encourage a collegial conversation on these topics.  The panel discussion will be held in room ML252 on Thursday, February 25th from 1:30 - 2:30pm.  Light refreshments will be served. Panelists for this event will include: 

  • Andrew Potter, Editor of the Ottawa Citizen
  • Monique Désormeaux, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Public Library
  • Kathy Clark, Ottawa-area Children’s Author
  • Hossein Raeesi, visiting scholar as part of the Scholars at Risk network.  

Need more information? Contact Amanda Goth at the Library ( or 613-520-2600 ext 2727).

Freedom to Read Exhibit: A Bonfire of Forbidden Reading

An interactive display of banned and challenged titles with explanations of reasons for banning from libraries. A meditation on book-burning as an attempt to deprive people of information, and how books are more subtly “burnt” in our own time. Exhibition on display around the corner from our Main Floor Reading Room Monday, February 22nd through Friday, February 26th, 2016.

Freedom to Read Mugshot Photo Booth

Monday, February 22nd from noon – 2 pm in the Library (near Starbucks) and Tuesday, February 23rd from noon – 2 pm in the Uni Centre Galleria come have your mug shot taken with a challenged or banned book in our unique photo booth to help promote Freedom to Read Week at Carleton University.