Controlled Digital Lending of Library Books in Canada

Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, vol. 17, no. 2, Dec. 2022, pp. 1-35, doi: https://doi.org/10.21083/partnership.v17i2.7100

33 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2022 Last revised: 21 Jun 2023

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Christina de Castell

Canadian Federation of Library Associations

Joshua Dickison

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton

Trish Mau

Burnaby Public Library

Mark Swartz

Canadian Association of Research Libraries; Queen's University

Robert Tiessen

University of Calgary

Amanda Wakaruk

University of Alberta Library and Museums

Christina Winter

University of Regina - Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian

Date Written: December 1, 2022

Abstract

This paper explores legal considerations for how libraries in Canada can lend digital copies of books. It is an adaptation of A Whitepaper on Controlled Digital Lending of Library Books by David Hansen and Kyle K. Courtney, and draws heavily on this source in its content, with the permission of the authors. Our paper considers the legal and policy rationales for the process — “controlled digital lending” — in Canada, as well as a variety of risk factors and practical considerations that can guide libraries seeking to implement such lending, with the intention of helping Canadian libraries to explore controlled digital lending in our own Canadian legal and policy context. Our goal is to help libraries and their lawyers become better informed about the concept by fully explaining the legal rationale for controlled digital lending in Canada, as well as situations in which this rationale is the strongest.

Suggested Citation

de Castell, Christina and Dickison, Joshua and Mau, Trish and Swartz, Mark and Tiessen, Robert and Wakaruk, Amanda and Winter, Christina, Controlled Digital Lending of Library Books in Canada (December 1, 2022). Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, vol. 17, no. 2, Dec. 2022, pp. 1-35, doi: https://doi.org/10.21083/partnership.v17i2.7100, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4031054 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4031054

Christina De Castell (Contact Author)

Canadian Federation of Library Associations ( email )

Canada

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Joshua Dickison

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton ( email )

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Fredericton NB E3B 5A3, New Brunswick E3B 5A3
Canada

Trish Mau

Burnaby Public Library ( email )

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Burnaby, BC V5H 4N5
Canada

Mark Swartz

Canadian Association of Research Libraries ( email )

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Canada

Queen's University ( email )

Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada

Robert Tiessen

University of Calgary ( email )

University Drive
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

Amanda Wakaruk

University of Alberta Library and Museums ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://https://amandawakaruk.ca/

Christina Winter

University of Regina - Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian ( email )

3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, Saskatchewan 0A2 0A1
Canada

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