Placing Items on Reserve


Libraries Partnering with the Copyright Office to Facilitate Access to Course Readings

Due to current public health concerns about COVID-19, the Libraries are not currently offering physical reserve services. However, in partnership with the Copyright Office, York University Libraries are offering services to assist faculty in providing access to digital versions of course readings, where possible, through a combination of strategies, including permalinks, acquisition of e-resources, and scanning where York University’s Fair Dealing Guidelines permit.

  • Please send your reading list or syllabus to
  • Staff will create permalinks to library content where possible.
  • For cases where the request involves print-based materials:
    • If no digital version of the work is available for use in a classroom environment, a determination will need to be made about whether selections fall within York University’s Fair Dealing Guidelines. Where this applies, the approved excerpts will be scanned from the print collection and emailed to you from the email account for posting on your Moodle or Canvas course web site.

Please submit requests starting August 4, 2020. Requests will be processed beginning mid-August when staff are in place.

Note re e-journal content: Links to eResources, such as journal articles, licensed by the Libraries can be included in Moodle. For information on how to create stable web links for e-journals (and other Libraries licensed material), please see these instructions.