Providing broad and equitable access to information and scholarly knowledge is the core mission of libraries. Individuals with print disabilities, however, face a myriad of barriers to scholarly information.

CARL is engaged in work to develop broader and more equitable access for these individuals and to contribute to the Canada’s commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled

CARL is engaged in a joint project with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in libraries in Canada and the United States.

The project is designed to guide the academic and research library community towards universal access to the 760 million books collectively held across member libraries in the US and Canada.

The work is carried out under the guidance of the ARL-CARL Task Force (Terms of Reference HTMLPDF) on the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation and is supported by the following working groups:

ARL-CARL Beneficiary Working Group
Terms of Reference HTMLPDF
ARL-CARL Metadata Working Group
Terms of Reference HTMLPDF
ARL-CARL Systems Implementation Working Group
Terms of Reference HTMLPDF

Work of the Joint Task Force


  • CRKN Conference (October 2022)
  • ALA Core Metadata Interest Group (May 2022)
  • SPARC OpenCon (April 2022)
  • CARL Fall meeting (November 2021)
  • Access Conference (October 2021)
  • CNIB Connecting the Dots (October 2021)
  • CARL Spring meeting (May 2021)

Resources for Libraries

Getting Started: Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities, A practical guide for librarians – Canadian Version (2019) wordpdf

Briefs and statements

CARL’s letters on the Marrakesh Treaty: Industry Canada (2014), Canadian Heritage (2013)

CARL Welcomes Federal Government’s Announcement of Continued funding for CELA and NNELS (2021)

Canadian Legislation

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Canadian Human Rights Act
Criminal Code