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"Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) monitors at the SFU Library

Larger monitors for your laptop

Looking for larger screens for your work? You can now plug your laptop into BYOD ("Bring Your Own Device") monitors at all SFU libraries.


 Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby

Bennett 3rd floor (main floor):

  • The BYOD monitors are at the west side of the computers, towards the Student Learning Commons, and to the east.
  • Maps: On the 3rd floor plan, the BYOD is in the left-side computer area (west side of the floor), marked by the the red vertical bar on the right edge. 

Bennett 6th floor:

  • The BYOD monitors are at the north computer lab area. 
  • Maps: On the 6th floor plan, the BYOD section is at the Computers and Carrels area.

Bennett 7th floor:

  • The BYOD monitors are at the Research Commons 7000 for graduate students. 
  • Maps: On the 7th floor plan, the BYOD section is at the Research Commons 7000, by the windows area.

 Fraser Library, SFU Surrey

Fraser Library has BYOD monitors with external mice and keyboards:

See also: Fraser Library technical details.

 Belzberg Library, SFU Vancouver

Belzberg main floor:

Belzberg mezzanine/second floor:

Technical details 

Bennett and Belzberg Libraries

  • Monitors: Dell UltraSharp U2722DE or U2722D, and Dell Curved C3422WE.
  • Connecting:
    • You can use the labelled USB-C and HDMI cables that are attached to the monitors. 
    • Most of the connectors are plug-and-play: they will automatically detect your laptop and display mirrored/extended images depending on your settings.
    • USB-C connectors will deliver displays and power charging.
    • Other cables may be available from Access Services (at the Library front desk) at the Bennett Library and service desks at Belzberg and Fraser. 
  • Note that Macbooks will deliver mirror images on the 2nd monitor.
  • For custom display settings such as input, and brightness, you can use the joystick control on the rear of the monitor, next to the power buttons (on the right-hand side). 

A laptop showing both an HDMI connector and a USB-C connector

With the Dell UltraSharp monitor, you can use an HDMI connector and/or a USB-C connector.

A laptop showing a USB-C connector, for extended display and also power charging.

With the Dell Curved VCM monitor, you can use a USB-C connector, for extended display(s) and also charging. 


Fraser Library

  • Fraser Library BYOD Stations offer one extra monitor with external mouse and keyboard. 
  • Monitors: Dell UltraSharp U2722DE 
  • Connecting: 
    • USB-C or HDMI + USB-A cables that are attached to the monitors. 
    • Full size keyboard and mice are available for use. 
    • USB-C connectors will deliver power charging your device. 
A large monitor attached to a laptop, keyboard, and mouse
A Fraser Library BYOD station.
Am I allowed to copy fair dealing amounts from more than one edition of the same textbook?

No. Although each textbook edition is its own copyright protected work, the differences between the editions are often marginal and do not justify copying allowable amounts from multiple editions of the same textbook.

For example: You cannot copy chapter 3 from the 2nd edition and chapter 4 from the 3rd edition, and make those available to your students.

Are government documents protected by copyright?

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 70 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 the federal Crown Copyright Request page.

For further information about the use of BC government documents that are under Crown copyright see the provincial Copyright page.

Are students allowed to film my lectures?

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 Accessible Learning (CAL) 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 Accessible Learning (formerly: 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 (copy@sfu.ca) with any questions.

Are there any databases of materials that I can use for free without worrying about copyright?

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 search their Openverse. Content in the Wikimedia Commons is almost entirely Creative Commons-licensed. Google Images has a filter (under "Tools" > "Usage Rights") to select Creative Commons-licensed results only (note: you should always check the content's original site to confirm its license), and content sites like Flickr and YouTube also have such filters.

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.

SFU Library also subscribes to a number of image databases. These contents can typically be used for teaching and learning purposes.

Are there any limits on the rights of copyright owners?

Yes. Copyright does expire and then works will become part of the public domain. Material in the 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 permits users, including students and researchers, to use copyright protected material in certain ways to pursue their studies and research activities.

Are there any lockers in the library where I can store my belongings?

Due to construction at At WAC Bennett Library there are no day lockers available.  For longer-term lockers on campus see Locker rentals.

Day-use lockers are 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 Belzberg Library. Lockers are available for use at Harbour Centre. Please contact Harbour Centre Facilities Services at fsvhelp@sfu.ca for more information.

Are there any restrictions on posting an instructor’s notes on Library Reserves?

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 lib-reservesurl@sfu.ca for courses at SFU Burnaby and SFU Vancouver and to fraser_library@sfu.ca for courses at SFU Surrey.

Are there limits to how much data I can export from SimplyAnalytics?

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:

SimplyAnalytics 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 SimplyAnalytics, 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: lib-licensing@sfu.ca.

Are there special rules for scanning copyright protected material?

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.