I want to scan a section of a book to include as a course reading. Can you tell me if I'm violating copyright laws?


We suggest these options to obtain a digital copy for use for your course:

Contact the Library's Copyright Support Service Office to inquire about obtaining a scanned copy

If it is a short excerpt of copyright-protected works in accordance with the Fair Dealing Guides, Copyright Support Services may be able to provide the required scan.

If the resource only exists in print format, it may be possible to provide you with a scan of this item, where this exists in the Libraries' collections and is covered by York University Fair Dealing Guidelines. See more on Copyright @ York.

You may also:

Verify your item is available online from York University Libraries

Copyright Support Services maybe able to search and create permalink for articles accessible through York University Libraries eResources – contact copy@yorku.ca with your course reading list.

Make a purchase suggestion

The Libraries may be able to purchase an electronic copy of required texts which can then be linked from your eClass site using stable permalinks. Please email (yul_cda@yorku.ca) to inquire about purchasing an e-book. We will attempt to acquire the item and will follow up with you as soon as possible. Please note that e-textbooks are generally not available for purchase by the Libraries.



  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2024
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  • Answered By Betty Irving