Personal Use (Private Study and Research)

How much can I copy from a journal or a book?
Can I request an entire issue of a journal through interlibrary loan (ILL)?
Can I request an article from another university’s online collection through interlibrary loan?
Can you deliver online ILL articles to my desktop?
Do I need permission to link to a website? 
Can I digitize materials for assignments and projects?

How much can I copy from a journal or a book?

Under the Ryerson Fair Dealing Guideline you can copy up to 10% of a published work, OR an article from a print journal issue OR one chapter from a book. Remember the copying should not exceed a reasonable amount of a work. You cannot copy a whole journal issue or an entire book.

Please note that fair dealing applies to the purposes of private study, research, news reporting and criticism, education and satire or parody.

Can I request an entire issue of a journal through interlibrary loan?

No.  According to the Exceptions for Libraries, Archives and Museums, you can only request a single reprographic copy (paper and non electronic) of an entire article published in a newspaper or a periodical for research and private study. There are also other limits:-

  •  No copying of works of fiction or poetry, dramatic or musical works.
  •  Copying of articles published within the past 12 months is permitted only if the article was published in a scholarly, scientific or technical journal.
  • The person requesting the copy must be given only ONE copy of the article and cannot have had one before.

Can I request an article from another university’s online collection through interlibrary loan?

It depends on the licence terms. Most periodical database licences are based on a university’s FTE and give permission to current members of the university community for on-site use or remote access in a password controlled setting. Interlibrary loan provisions, if included in the contract agreements, vary from one database to another. Lending libraries have to check their licences and may not be able to lend materials (e.g. send copies of journal articles) if there are contract restrictions.

Can you deliver online ILL articles to my desktop?

Yes, if this copy is made available to you in this format though our ILL service. Please read the terms and conditions of electronic delivery carefully and abide by them.

Do I need permission to link to a website?

No.   However if you link to material please do the following.

  • Avoid any confusion that the website is your own material. (Please cite correctly).
  • Link to the website but make sure that the web page opens up in a different browser window.
  • If the web page does not clearly identify the website and content owner, include the full details of the author, copyright owner and source of the materials by the link.
  • Do not link to illegally posted material.

Can I digitize materials for research projects?

Yes, if these materials are:

  • in the public domain or available under Creative Commons licences; OR
  • you follow the Ryerson University Do it Yourself Copyright Checking workflow and copying the material is allowed by a licence or fair dealing;
  • Please note: for any commercial purposes or communication to others, check terms of use and seek permission if required.