Print Course Readings

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Placing Course Readings in the Print Reserve Collection

Please use the Reserve Request Form to request that items be placed in the Reserve Collection at the Circulation Desk for your course.

Processing Time

  • Usually 5 working days. Incomplete information will delay the process
  • Materials should be submitted along with the Request Form. If staff need to retrieve this material from the stacks, longer processing times will result.

Limits on Numbers of Copies

  • The use of library reserve must not substitute for the purchase of books, course packs or other published materials.
  • Library reserve can only accept one reprographic copy for each 30 students in a course of instruction up to a maximum of 3.
  • The Library does not normally order textbooks for the Reserve Collection. For more information about the Library’s policies, please see the Textbook section in our Collection Development policy.
  • If you want more copies of books or reserve materials on Reserve than are currently available in the Library collection, you can check with your subject librarian to see if additional copies can be purchased.
  • You may provide personal copies, but please note that copies of books supplied by publishers for review purposes cannot be accepted due to copyright considerations. Personal copies of AV materials have to be legal purchases and can only be loaned for home use. The Library’s AV materials have public performance rights that allow display in the classroom.

Copyright for Photocopies

No copying can exceed 10% of a published work or the following, whichever is greater:

  • An entire newspaper article or a page
  • An entire single short story, play, poem, essay or article from a book or periodical issue (including a set of conference proceedings) containing other works
  • An entire entry from an encyclopedia, dictionary, annotated biography or similar reference work
  • An entire reproduction of an artistic work (including drawing, sculpture, painting, prints, architectural works of art or works of artistic craftsmanship) from a book or periodical issue containing other works
  • One chapter, provided it is no more than 20% of a book

Please also check for works not covered by Ryerson’s agreement with Access Copyright and Ryerson University’s Fair Dealing Policy for more information.

How to look up Course Readings

Print course readings are searchable in the Library Catalogue by Course Code or Professor Name

Removal of Course Readings

  • Unless otherwise specified, course readings will be removed at the end of each term
  • You can remove materials before the end of term by submitting a
  • Personal copies of materials will be returned via internal mail, unless you indicate that you will pick up the material.