La Déclarations des bibliothèques Québécoises

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Ci-joint, vous trouveriez La Déclaration des bibliothèques québécoises déposée à l’Assemblée nationale le 19 octobre, 2016. Vous pouviez trouver plus d’information sur le site web de BAnQ.



Enclosed is a Declaration (French only) from Quebec Libraries that was tabled in the Quebec National Assembly on October 19, 2016. You can find out more information about this Declaration on the BAnQ website

Thank you.


Francesco Manganello
Directeur par intérim, Relations avec les intervenants et affaires internationales
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Gouvernement du Canada / Tél. : 613-462-8359

Acting Director, Stakeholder Relations and International Affairs
Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada / Tel: 613-462-8359

The following translation was quickly created for CULC/CBUC members for reference purposes only.

Declaration from Quebec Libraries

The library is a public good and a place which develops a relationship to knowledge made of exploration, trade, knowledge, culture and enrichment.

By providing the place, the resources and the personnel capable of supporting them, the library allows all individuals throughout their lives and regardless of age, social status and their background to train and meet their knowledge, information and development needs. The library is the heart of people’s lives.

Whether it be for public, professional or educational needs, the library occupies a fundamental place in its community and acts as a driving force for development social, economic and cultural development. It is that door that is always accessible and open to the world. As UNESCO proclaimed, the purpose of the library is to provide “a free and unlimited access to knowledge, thought, culture and information.”

Crossroads of access to information, documentation, and culture

The library is the place “par excellence” where access to information and cultural resources is made freely and without discrimination. This accessibility stems from the activities or organization, processing and structuring of information which are specific to the technical and professional expertise of qualified staff. It allows individuals to learn and to improve themselves according to their interests and goals.

The library equips its users and makes it accessible and disseminates knowledge so that users can develop skills in research and evaluation of information. These skills are also useful in the exercise of democratic rights and can help citizens to play an active role within their community.

Centre of learning and research support

The library, whether it be public, in the workplace or educational is an essential learning center for anyone wishing to enrich his/her career and develop skills.

Regardless of the nature of learning goals during different stages of life, the library contributes to the training of individuals and the achievement of their objectives by providing appropriate professional support. It articulates and develops according specific needs of its users.

Use of Space and technology

Digital mediation is a core service of libraries, whether through training or the provision of tools and digital library resources. Thus, it helps to reduce the digital divide and promotes the acquisition of technological skills. In addition, thanks to technology, the library expands its access and provides services remotely. It connects users anytime and anywhere.

Socioeconomic lever

The library has a positive and direct impact on the socio-economic activities of its environment.

The library is a collective and social investment. By promoting instruction, education, development and social integration, it contributes tothe development of individuals and of society, in particular by being a vehicle for reducing inequality. Libraries show a significant return on investment, and this, in terms economic, educational, social, cultural and professional. Libraries demonstrate significant return on investment through enabling individuals to contribute to the development of their communities.

Place of meeting and exchanges

The library is an open living area, playful and inclusive, a place of socialization, a place of collaborative work offering spaces to share, teach, inspire, train and promote the transfer and sharing of information, knowledge and learning. It is a place that is conducive to enrichment, discovery and creativity.

Place of mediation and cultural development

Through the development of collections without censorship, which promotes intellectual freedom, the library contributes to the development of general culture.

It disseminates and promotes various forms of cultural expression, contributes to artistic education and allows users to explore different forms of creative expression. It showcases documentary and cultural resources, and this benefits creators from here and elsewhere. It promotes harmonious cultural development based on the enriching contribution of various communities.

Finally, it preserves our documentary heritage, providing access to our shared stories.

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