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  • 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.

  • How do I log into Bloomberg?

    Location of the Bloomberg terminal (standalone computer), reserving or booking time on the terminal, and starting the program

    The Bloomberg terminal is available at standalone computer #1 on the third (main) floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library (Burnaby campus). Book or reserve time on this computer (SFU students, staff, and faculty only).

    On the Bloomberg terminal, open Bloomberg if it isn't already open: Start > Programs >  Bloomberg 

    Logging in

    Open the Bloomberg program and press the green <Enter - GO> key to get to the main log-in screen.

    Note that your SFU ID will not work at this point. You need to either use the general Bloomberg username and password or set up your own personal Bloomberg username/ID.

    Using the general username and password

    Current SFU faculty, staff, and students only may use the general username and password.

    Note that using this general ID will not allow you to register with Bloomberg for a Bloomberg certificate. You will, however, have full access to all the other Bloomberg content and services. If you want to work toward a Bloomberg certificate, you will need to create your own Bloomberg ID/username.

    Registering for your own Bloomberg username and password

    You may also register with Bloomberg to get your own username and password.

    Note, however, that choosing to create your own ID is absolutely voluntary. You will be able to complete all SFU coursework using the general username and password mentioned above. If you choose to create your own Bloomberg ID, first read the following Protection of Privacy notice as well as the tips on the procedure for registering with Bloomberg.

    Protection of privacy notice

    The Library makes the Bloomberg service available to you for your convenience. Your use of personal log-in IDs for the Bloomberg service at SFU is voluntary.  Please be advised that the personal contact information you disclose to establish a Bloomberg account is stored on servers located in the United States of America. When you use this service, no personal information about you is collected by or for SFU. Canadian privacy laws do not apply to personal information you provide directly to Bloomberg.

    Your creation and use of a personal log-in ID for Bloomberg is an implicit acknowledgement that you have read, and agree with, this notice.

    Procedure for registering your own Bloomberg username and password

    From the main login screen,  click on "Create a New Login" to create your own account. Follow the instructions to fill out the registration form.

    • Note that the Bloomberg registration form is designed for corporate and government offices. Many of the questions they ask don't fit our "academic" use of the database. For example, when they ask what sort of institution you are with, they don't give you an option to choose "university." If the field is required on the form but doesn't fit your description, just choose any of the options they offer.
    • You must provide an SFU email address. According to Bloomberg, the only time they will use this address is to send you announcements about any Bloomberg training events to be held in Vancouver.
    • You must also have a mobile phone and provide the number as part of the registration process. Bloomberg will call or text you within a few minutes of your submitting the form to give you an activation code. You must be still at the Bloomberg terminal when they call/text you. According to Bloomberg, they do not use the phone number you provide them after that initial call.
    • You have the option to receive the free Bloomberg Markets magazine. If you want to get this magazine, be sure to tell Bloomberg your home or office address -- either when they call you on your mobile phone, or by pressing the <Help> key twice and chatting online with a Bloomberg representative once you have logged in for the first time. Otherwise, the magazine will be sent to the Library, and it will be either given away or discarded.
    • Bloomberg may ask for your month of birth during the registration process. This is for their "Bloomberg biographies." You can choose to not disclose that information.

    Where can I get help with Bloomberg?

    Documentation from Bloomberg

    Bloomberg provides detailed documentation on the content and functionality of the database, including videos, sample spreadsheets, and more. When you are on the Bloomberg machine, enter <BU> to get to the main help page.

    Some examples of the help documents available within Bloomberg:

    Contact a Bloomberg representative

    If you want to contact Bloomberg representatives directly, press the Help key twice.

    Back to the Bloomberg description page.

  • 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 to borrow at all three SFU Libraries.

    Who can borrow laptops?

    SFU faculty, staff, and students can borrow laptops.

    Where can I get a laptop?

    Laptops are available at the Loans counter in each SFU library. Please return them to the same counter, and remember to turn them off first.

    How long can I borrow a laptop?

    The loan period for laptops is 4 hours. There are no renewals, requests, holds, or bookings.

    Late fees of $10.00 per hour (or a portion thereof) will be charged for all laptops not returned on time. Borrowers are responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged laptops and will be charged for replacing the laptop ($1,650) as well as a replacement fee ($100).

    How do I find out if a laptop is available?

    Library laptops are available to use only on SFU campuses up to an hour before the library closes.

    You can see if any laptops are available for checkout by phoning:

    • 778.782.4345 - W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby
    • 778.782.5050 - Belzberg Library, SFU Vancouver
    • 778.782.7411 - Fraser Library, SFU Surrey

    Can I connect to wifi?

    Yes. You can connect to the SFU Wireless Network using your SFU computing ID and password.

    Can I print from a Library laptop?

    Yes. You can send print jobs to any library or campus printer via the wireless network.

    How do I save my files?

    Do not save files to the desktop. See How can I save my work when I am using a computer in the Library? for different ways to save your files.

    Can I borrow a laptop lock?

    Yes. Laptop locks are available at the W.A.C. Bennett Library and have 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.