Faculty Services

1. Copyright and Course Readings    2. Course Reserves    3. Information Literacy Instruction


Important information (provided by the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office)

On July 19, 2017, an update on the recent Access Copyright decision and its impact on the University of Toronto (PDAD&C #3) was issued. Please consult the copyright resources provided by the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office which point to the University of Toronto’s Fair Dealing Guidelines, the General Counsel FAQ, and a guide on the use of audiovisual material on campus.

  • You may assign material from the University of Toronto licensed e-resource collection. What is an acceptable use is not uniform across all licensed content. Refer to the “Permitted Uses” listed in the library catalogue to confirm what you can do with licensed content. You can add links yourself or just send your syllabus to the Course Reserves & Syllabus Service, where library staff will do so for you.
  • Refer to the U of T Fair Dealing Guidelines for information on whether you can use this exception to copy a work without obtaining permissions from the copyright owner. Fair dealing determinations are fact-specific and need to be analyzed on a case by case basis.
  • For guidance related to using work in the public domain, or linking to works available through the internet, please consult the General Counsel FAQ available on the copyright resources page.

When in doubt, please contact the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office copyright@library.utoronto.ca for support and guidance in selecting course material.

What other options are there?

If you want to assign a larger portion of an in-copyright work than you are allowed to scan/copy/upload to BlackBoard, some other options are:

  • Have your students purchase the book (contact the U of T Bookstore).
  • Have the UC Library place the book in Course Reserves with a 3-hour loan period. Depending on the size of the class, you may wish to ask us to purchase an additional copy or two; for a large class, Course Reserves alone is not a viable solution. (Course Reserves services are also available at Robarts and many other U of T libraries.)
  • Ask the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office  (copyright@library.utoronto.ca) if they can obtain permission from the copyright holder of the specific work in question or investigate whether an ebook is available for purchase.


Instructors are welcome to place books in Course Reserves at the UC Library; if the Library doesn't already own the book, we will be glad to purchase it for the Library collection. 

Just contact the UC Librarian! (Margaret Fulford, 416-978-4634, margaret.fulford@utoronto.ca).

The information we need from you is:

  • title, author, and year of book(s)
  • course code and course title (complete official version please)
  • instructor's name and e-mail address
  • approximate number of students
  • loan period -- your choices are:

    • 3 hours (this is the most common choice)
    • 2 days
    • 5 days

The sooner you get your request in the better, because it can take some time for us to fill your request if we don't yet own the book, or if our copy is currently out on loan.

Mostly we provide Course Reserves for UC courses or UC faculty, but we are glad to consider requests for other courses too.

(Course Reserves services are also available at Robarts and many other U of T libraries.)


The UC Librarian would be glad to come to your class to do a library research / information literacy session for your students. The length of the session is up to you and can range from just a quick 15-minute introduction to U of T library resources and services, to a 2-hour session introducing students to things like:

  • recognizing scholarly resources; the characteristics of scholarly journals vs. popular magazines
  • how to find relevant books and articles on a topic
  • understanding bibliographic references
  • citing sources
  • key databases and research tools for a particular discipline
  • evaluating the quality of websites and other resources
  • the difference between primary and secondary sources

-- Margaret Fulford, UC Librarian (416-978-4634, margaret.fulford@utoronto.ca)