Lemma 20.8.1. Let $X$ be a ringed space. Let $U' \subset U \subset X$ be open subspaces. For any injective $\mathcal{O}_ X$-module $\mathcal{I}$ the restriction mapping $\mathcal{I}(U) \to \mathcal{I}(U')$ is surjective.

** Local sections in injective sheaves can be extended globally. **

**Proof.**
Let $j : U \to X$ and $j' : U' \to X$ be the open immersions. Recall that $j_!\mathcal{O}_ U$ is the extension by zero of $\mathcal{O}_ U = \mathcal{O}_ X|_ U$, see Sheaves, Section 6.31. Since $j_!$ is a left adjoint to restriction we see that for any sheaf $\mathcal{F}$ of $\mathcal{O}_ X$-modules

see Sheaves, Lemma 6.31.8. Similarly, the sheaf $j'_!\mathcal{O}_{U'}$ represents the functor $\mathcal{F} \mapsto \mathcal{F}(U')$. Moreover there is an obvious canonical map of $\mathcal{O}_ X$-modules

which corresponds to the restriction mapping $\mathcal{F}(U) \to \mathcal{F}(U')$ via Yoneda's lemma (Categories, Lemma 4.3.5). By the description of the stalks of the sheaves $j'_!\mathcal{O}_{U'}$, $j_!\mathcal{O}_ U$ we see that the displayed map above is injective (see lemma cited above). Hence if $\mathcal{I}$ is an injective $\mathcal{O}_ X$-module, then the map

is surjective, see Homology, Lemma 12.27.2. Putting everything together we obtain the lemma. $\square$

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