It is the responsibility of Canadian public institutions, including libraries, to support a society that respects diversity and fosters social inclusion.
Okanagan Regional Library is responsible for working with its communities to create services that diverse communities identify as respectful, inclusive, and accessible.
The Library strives to deliver inclusive service, affirming the dignity of those they serve, regardless of heritage, education, beliefs, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental health, physical or cognitive capabilities, or socio-economic status.
Library staff act to ensure that people can enjoy services free from any attempt by others to impose values, customs, or beliefs. (Adapted from the CLA Statement on Diversity.)
ORL staff will strive to:
Approved by the ORL Board of Trustees – November 17, 2021
The Okanagan Regional Library also endorses the Canadian Federation of Library Associations’ Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries.
We champion access to information and exposure to diverse points of view. The library as a public institution supports the free exchange of ideas as a fundamental part of democratic society. (See Strategic Plan [PDF], page 5),