A Different Question of Open Access: Is There a Public Access Right to Academic Libraries in the United States and Canada?

Law Library Journal, Vol. 103:3, 2011-24

Queen's University Legal Research Paper No. 032

17 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2015

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Providing public access to libraries is a public service, but is it a right? This paper explores participation in depository programs, public university status, and public funding as possible bases for this right. It examines relevant cases and finds that courts respect the right of academic libraries to determine their own policies.

Keywords: Academic libraries, public access, depository programs, right of public access, law libraries, government information

Suggested Citation

Kaufman, Amy, A Different Question of Open Access: Is There a Public Access Right to Academic Libraries in the United States and Canada? (2011). Law Library Journal, Vol. 103:3, 2011-24; Queen's University Legal Research Paper No. 032. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2593157

Amy Kaufman (Contact Author)

Queen's University ( email )

Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada

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