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  • The Segal installation of Thomson Reuters Eikon + Datastream, at the Segal Graduate School of Business building at SFU Vancouver, has unique access restrictions and procedures.

    Note: For all other SFU Library locations (currently the Belzberg Library in Harbour Centre at SFU Vancouver and the WAC Bennett Library in Burnaby), see Eikon + Datastream access.
    The Harbour Centre and Burnaby locations have fewer access restrictions: all current SFU students, staff, and faculty can use the Belzberg and Bennett Library installations of this database.


    • Room 1900 in the Segal Graduate School of Business (the "Trading Room") on Bloomberg Terminal #3
    • Access to this room is limited to those SFU researchers approved by the Beedie School of Business, primarily the MSc-Finance students. Researchers who do not have the door code need to contact Beedie to inquire about access.


    • Log into Bloomberg Terminal #3 using your SFU ID.
    • Click on the desktop link labelled "Eikon Datastream Credentials (BEAM and M.Sc. Finance)" and enter your SFU username & password. Members of the groups with access to the room (BEAM, MSc-Finance and Beedie faculty) will then be able to view a page with the current Eikon+Datastream ID and password for the Segal installation. Contact [[owner name]] at [[owner email]] if you unable to access the page.
    • Use that ID and password to log into the database by following the steps on our main Eikon + Datastream Access guide (starting at "Step 2: Start Eikon").  


  • Yes, all government documents created in Canada are protected by copyright. Federal, territorial and provincial government documents are protected by Crown copyright and the term of Crown copyright is 50 years after the date of publication.

    Municipal government documents are not covered by Crown copyright, but instead fall under the normal copyright term of life of the creator plus 50 years. Check the website of the municipal government whose documents you wish to reproduce to see if they allow for reproduction for educational, non-commercial, or research purposes.

    For further information on the use of federal government documents that are under Crown copyright see About Crown Copyright.

    For further information about the use of BC government documents that are under Crown copyright see BC Government copyright page, Guidelines Covering the Reproduction of Provincial Legislation, and the Crown copyright section of the Ministry of Finance procurement handbook.

  • Under Policy R30.03, SFU's Intellectual Property Policy, instructors own copyright in their research and their teaching materials, including lectures (both written notes and the "performance" of the lecture), slide presentations and exams. This means that generally, students cannot film your lecture, copy your notes or slides, or post these materials online without your permission.

    However, students still have the users' rights outlined in the Copyright Act, which means that within the limits of fair dealing, they can copy short excerpts of your work without permission.

    Additionally, you are required to accommodate students who need teaching materials in alternate formats due to a disability. Students registered with the Centre for Students with Disabilities can record your entire lecture or copy your slides if they need to. These copies are for their own personal use only, though, and cannot be shared or posted online. Such students should identify themselves to you in advance. Contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities with any questions about these requirements.

    You are welcome to inform your students that they cannot record your lectures; the Copyright Office provides sample syllabus text you can use, or you can write your own.

    Contact the Copyright Office ( with any questions.

  • Yes. There is a wealth of material out there which is either in the public domain (meaning copyright has expired) or available under Creative Commons licensing, which generally means the work is available for free, subject to certain limited conditions, such as non-commercial use only and acknowledgment of the author. This includes open access publications, which generally use Creative Commons licenses.

    For Creative Commons materials, visit the Creative Commons website for more information and check out their content directories which list audio, video, image and text materials available under Creative Commons licensing, or search using their Search page. To find open access materials, start with the Copyright Resources and Links for Instructors page.

    For public domain material, simply search online for ‘public domain’ and the type of material you’re interested in. Some useful sites include: Project Gutenberg (the largest collection of copyright-free books online) and Wikipedia, which has an entire page dedicated to public domain resources

    For other online materials, a recommended best practice is to check the website’s ‘Terms of Use’ or ‘Legal Notices’ section to confirm what conditions apply to use of the website’s material. In some cases, you may be able to use the material for free for non-commercial and educational purposes.

  • Yes. Copyright can expire (the “life plus 50” rule) and works will become part of the public domain. Material in public domain may be freely copied without permission or payment of royalties. There are also exceptions to the rights of copyright owners built into the Copyright Act, such as "fair dealing." The fair dealing exception attempts to balance the rights of the copyright owner with the needs of others, for example students and researchers, who require access to copyright protected material to pursue their studies and research activities.

  • At WAC Bennett Library lockers are for short-term-use only.  20 one-day lockers are located in the Group Study Area on Floor 2 of the WAC Bennett Library,  SFU Burnaby.  The lockers can be used to keep personal belongings more secure in the Library for up to a day and must be emptied before the Library closes.  For longer-term lockers on campus see Locker rentals.

    Day-use lockers are also available to graduate students in the Research Commons, Floor 7 of the WAC Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby.

    At the Fraser Library, SFU Surrey,  lockers are not available, but there are lockers you can rent on the campus. See the Guide for New Surrey Students:  Student Lockers for more details. 

    At SFU Vancouver, there are no lockers in the library, but book lockers are available on the second and seventh floor of Harbour Centre building on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit Registrar and Information Services on the main level of Harbour Centre for more information, or contact them.

  • Instructors may have their notes posted on Library Reserves. In addition they may provide notes that include copyright protected material as long as they have the right under fair dealing or another exception to include the material. Send the material to be posted to for courses at SFU Burnaby and SFU Vancouver and to for courses at SFU Surrey.

  • Yes, there are.

    Points (company records) limits per individual account:

    • One time: 5,000
    • Weekly: 15,000
    • Annually: 40,000

    Variable limits per individual account:

    SimplyMap has weekly download limits per individual account equivalent to 5 variables with 100,000 locations, 200 variables with 2,500 locations, or any other combination that equals 500,000.


    Note that these limits apply to individual accounts that you set up within SimplyMap, and that they are only on exports of data tables, not on viewing of data, reports, and maps within the database.

    For more information, contact our Electronic Resources Librarian:

  • Yes.

    There are several quiet study areas in the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby): Room 5102 and all of the 6th floor has been designated as a silent study. There are designated quiet study carrells on floor 4 and floor 5.

    At the Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver), the quiet study area is located in the north room of the mezzanine.

    At the Fraser Library (SFU Surrey) there is a "silent study" room. Ask at the reference desk for directions to the room.

    All quiet or silent study areas will have their policies enforced. This means keeping cell phone conversations to the stairwells and keeping conversations to a minimum (in quiet study - no conversations in silent study). Please only use these areas if you plan to use them as intended.

  • No, scanning is allowed within the same parameters as any other method of copying.  

    If you want to scan something, you may do so only if the use falls within one of the exceptions in the Copyright Act, such as fair dealing, or where no permission is required, such as scanning a public domain work (one in which copyright has expired). 

    If you want to scan a work that is still in copyright and add it to a website under fair dealing, you need to be sure that the website is password protected (e.g., SFU’s learning management system) and restricted to students enrolled in your course, and follow the fair dealing limits. 

    If what you want to do falls outside the exceptions and is not in the public domain, you will need to get the copyright owner’s permission.

  • Per the Copyright Act, the following are permitted for users at educational institutions in Canada:

    Instructors are permitted to make use of copyright protected materials in ways that other users are not for the purpose of providing education and instruction on the premises of an educational institution. 

    Using materials in the classroom

    Instructors are permitted to reproduce a work, or do any other necessary act, in order to display it for the purposes of education. This would include, for example, scanning an image in a textbook for inclusion in a PowerPoint presentation.  

    Instructors can play sound recordings for students on the premises of an educational institution, as long as the work is not an infringing copy. 

    They may also play radio or television programs live when they are being broadcast. It has been interpreted that this, arguably, includes webcasts. 

    In the classroom, instructors are permitted to reproduce and communicate works available on the Internet (provided that the works are not protected by “digital locks,” there is no notice specifically prohibiting the intended activity, and the work has not been made available in violation of the copyright owner’s rights). The source and, if possible, the creator's name must be cited.

    It is permissible to show a film or other cinematographic work as long as it is for educational or training purposes and as long as the work is not an infringing copy. 

    Instructors may copy news and news commentary from radio and television broadcasts for educational or personal use. 

    Distance Education

    Lessons containing copyright protected works beyond the fair dealing limits, including tests and exams, may be recorded and communicated (e.g. in Canvas) to students enrolled in the course, provided that the recording or copy is destroyed within 30 days after the end of the course and the institution takes measures to limit the audience to only students registered in the course. 


    There is a specific exception that permits reproducing copyright protected material for testing and examination purposes. Therefore, material protected by copyright can be reproduced, translated, preformed, or broadcast on university premises for a test or exam.  


    Works such as plays or music can be performed live by students without infringing copyright if the performance takes place on the premises of the school and the audience is primarily students of the school or instructors.

    See the Copyright Office's infographic for details.

  • Under copyright law, fair dealing allows you to make one copy of part of a work for yourself for the purposes of education, private study, research, parody, satire, review, criticism or news reporting. Please see "Is there a limit to how much I can copy?" for the SFU Fair Dealing guidelines as to how much of a work you can copy for purposes of your course assignments at SFU.

    Also, you may copy materials for which the university (e.g. the Library) has negotiated licenses according to the terms of the agreement.

    Please review SFU Policy R30.04 Copyright Compliance and Administration, the Application of Fair Dealing under Policy R30.04 and Application of Fair Dealing to the Student Activities of Learning and Research (R30.04 Appendix J) for more information.

  • Yes. The Copyright Act specifies that “every original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work” is protected by copyright, and this includes student work as well as your thesis. This means that your permission is required in order for an instructor to keep a copy to share it with future students.

    Additionally, SFU's Intellectual Property Policy specifies that "IP created exclusively by a student Creator in the course of completing the requirements for an academic degree or certificate is owned by the student Creator." Remember that if you are collaborating with a faculty member, or anyone else, you should discuss the intellectual property rights and any necessary agreements before beginning the project.

  • In recognition of their donation to SFU, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board member realtors may receive Library External Borrower cards at a 50% discounted rate, currently $50 for an annual card and $20 for a semester card.

    To obtain a card come to any of the three SFU Libraries and bring:

    • Fraser Valley Real Estate Board membership ID card
    • Picture ID (e.g. driver's license, BC ID)
  • Some textbooks include codes in order to access additional online material. When the library purchases a book with such a code, the information is removed and discarded as it is only valid for one user.

  • Yes.

    For more information, and to make a booking request, see: Booking films for classroom viewing

  • Yes. Laptops are available at all three SFU Libraries.

    Who: SFU Faculty, Staff and Students can borrow the laptops.

    Where: Available at the Loans counter; return it to the same counter (please remember to turn it off first).

    Loan period: 4 hours with no renewals and no holds or bookings. Late fees of $10.00 per hour (or a portion of) will be charged on all laptops not returned on time. Borrowers are responsible for lost, stolen or damaged laptops and will be charged for replacing the the laptop ($1,650), as well as a replacement fee ($100).

    Availability: For use throughout the SFU campuses only, an hour before library closing. Check to see if any laptops are available for checkout:

    Wireless?: Yes. Connectable to the SFU Wireless Network using your SFU computing username and password.

    Printing?: Yes. Capable of sending print to any library/campus printer via the wireless network.

    Save your files!: Save your files to your CCN filespace or to removable media (i.e. USB KEY). Do not save files to the desktop.

    Laptop locks are available at the W.A.C. Bennett Library, with a loan period of 24 hours.



  • Cell phone chargers are available for 4 hour loan at the check-out counter of the Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby), Fraser Library (SFU Surrey), and Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver). These chargers will work with over 200 different types of phones.

  • Yes, as long as it is a legal, commercial copy played for the purpose of education, the audience is primarily students, and no profit is gained. There is no longer the need to ensure a public performance license is in place.

  • Yes, at the Bennett Library, you can eat food such as sandwiches, chocolate bars, or fruit in the group study rooms and large study room on Floor 2. You can have drinks anywhere in the Library provided they are in spill-proof containers.

    Snacks and drinks (in covered containers) are permitted in the Surrey and the Belzberg Libraries. Food is not allowed near the computers.

    See the SFU Library Food and Drink Policy for more information.