This page is part of a series about copyright and course materials. The other three pages in the series cover:

There is also an Instructor Frequently Asked Questions page with some additional information about providing course materials.


Reserve Collections

The reserve collection consists of original materials from the University Library's collections such as:

  • books and journals;
  • DVDs, CDs;
  • maps and other formats; and
  • original works authored by faculty including:
    • lab manuals;
    • course notes.

At the end of each term, statistics on the use of Reserve materials, by course, are sent to the instructor. Branch libraries have different usage criteria for removing low use items from Reserve for the next term.

For more information about the Reserve Collection, review the library's Information and Policy page.

Print Resources on Reserve

Print copies of book chapters or journal articles may be placed on reserve subject to the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Fair Dealing Guidelines. Under fair dealing, instructors, professors and staff members in non-profit educational institutions may communicate and reproduce, in paper or electronic form, short excerpts from a copyright-protected work for the purposes of research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire and parody. Copying or communicating multiple short excerpts from the same copyright-protected work with the intention of copying or communicating substantially the entire work is prohibited. Copying or communicating that exceeds the limits in the Fair Dealing Guidelines may be referred to the Copyright Office for evaluation.

For information about copyright at it applies to reserve material (print and electronic), please review the Fair Dealing Guidelines.

Electronic Resources on Reserve

Electronic resources are included in reserve collections as persistent links, but not as electronic copies. Links to electronic resources may appear in the University Library's courses pages, PAWS courses pages or on Blackboard, if the licence for the e-resource allows. Please see the Licenced Resources section of this page (below) for information on how to find library licence information and how to create persistent links to electronic library resources.

Electronic Licenced Library Resources

Usage Rights for U of S Library Electronic Resources

The University Library's Usage Rights Database is designed to assist you in finding important licence information about the use of licenced electronic resources.

When searching for electronic library materials (e.g., e-books and e-articles), you can see what is permitted by the licence for that material and the licence information is broken into the following usage categories:

  • placing on e-reserves;
  • posting in a learning management system (e.g., BlackBoard, Moodle);
  • using material in a course pack;
  • creating a persistent electronic link; and
  • making a print or electronic copy.

This information is available when you click the Full Text Online button (Full-text online) in the library search results page, which looks like this:


After clicking on the Full-text online button under the electronic resource that you would like to use, a page that includes library licence information will open. The licence information that initially appears is abbreviated, so you can click on MoreInfo  beside the abbreviations to get more detailed information about what the information means. The licence information that appears may look like this:

License Information

In the abbreviated licence information, items in green are permitted, items in red are not permitted and items in yellow may be permitted but need to be asked about first. For any questions about the licence information, please e-mail or use the online library chat   Ask Us.

Clicking on MoreInfo beside the abbreviated licence information will take you to a page like this, which describes the allowances of the licence in more detail:

Allowance Details

Direct/Persistent Linking to Electronic Resources

Your liaison librarian can help you create persistent links to electronic articles and e-books that are available through the University Library. The library has also created a guide about creating persistent links to library e-resources, with a tool that will create the persistent link for you using the article DOI (the digital object identifier included in the e-resource).

Course Pages

Course pages are webpages created in the Library to support a specific course (they are similar to PAWS course pages, in this regard). Course pages can include:

  • persistent links to electronic library resources;
  • contact information to the appropriate liaison librarian;
  • research assistance specific to course content;
  • links to course-specific resources such as journal article databases.

When using electronic library-licence materials such as journal articles on PAWS or Blackboard, it is recommended that you provide links to electronic library resources as opposed to posting copies of the materials. Using links allows the library to collect more accurate usage statistics for the electronic resources in the collection and linking is also permitted in more licence agreements than posting copies of materials in a learning management system.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service allowing users to borrow or receive copies of materials not held at the University of Saskatchewan Library.

The ILL units help clients of their institutions to borrow materials or obtain copies for educational purposes from other libraries. Based on 2012 revisions to the Canadian Copyright Act, libraries may use digital technology to deliver an ILL copy of a copyright-protected work to a client. Electronic desktop delivery of library materials to its patrons (for ILL purposes) will be permitted under certain circumstances and includes measures to ensure that the client:

  • receives an email link to their document on a secure server;
  • prints one copy only of the digital form;
  • does not communicate the copy to another person; and
  • does not use the digital copy for more than five business days of first using it.

These safeguards are based on section 30.2 (5.02) of the Copyright Act which outlines "limitation[s] regarding copies in digital form" for libraries, archives and museums. There is a similar allowance for unpublished works deposited in archives.

Based on the fair dealing exception in the Copyright Act, ILL staff members in non-profit educational institutions may reproduce and communicate Short Excerpts from a copyright-protected work for the purposes of research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire and parody. Copying or communicating multiple short excerpts from the same copyright-protected work with the intention of exceeding the copying limits in the Fair Dealing Guidelines without permission is prohibited.

For information about copyright at it applies to reserve material (print and electronic), please review the U of S Fair Dealing Guidelines.

For more information about ILL and/or to complete an ILL request form, please refer to the interlibrary loans website. For more information about Fair Dealing at the U of S, please review the Fair Dealing Guidelines.

Library Contacts

Your liaison librarian can help you create course pages and persistent links to online library resources. Here is the contact information for liaison librarians.

Getting Help

If you have any questions or concerns about copyright, please let us know!

Kate Langrell
Copyright Coordinator
122.13 Murray Library

Note: The information obtained from or through this site does not constitute legal advice, but is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes.

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