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  • Whether or not you can use a screenshot and whether you require permission to do so depends on several factors, including:

    • What software or website you are taking a screenshot of. Policies concerning screenshots of an organization's website or software will depend on the organization. For example, both Google and Microsoft have policies around the use of screenshots.
    • What the screenshot will be used for  (e.g., a student paper, publication, marketing, etc).
    • In the case of publication, what the publisher's requirements are.

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  • Students at SFU are subject to Canada's Copyright Act and SFU's Copyright Policies when doing coursework and creating assignments including papers, projects, artworks and presentations. Students can use the fair dealing and educational exceptions when using copyright protected works in assignments for classes (see the Copyright Infographic for details).

    Students own copyright in the works that they create at SFU, and such assignments, presentations and projects cannot be copied without the student's permission, except in certain situations outlined in the Copyright Act (see the Fair Dealing Policy for details).

    Please note that theses and dissertations require different copyright considerations because they will be published; see the Copyright and your thesis page for further information.

    Instructors own copyright in their teaching materials such as presentation slides, exams, lecture notes and the delivery of the lecture itself, and students cannot copy these works without the instructor's permission, except under fair dealing or another exception in the Copyright Act.

    The Copyright Office provides information and assistance to students on our Students pages and via email ( We also provide a sample copyright statement for instructors to use in course syllabi here.

  • An item with the "in transit" status is being transferred from one branch library to another for a request (or hold) or is being returned to its home branch.

    A reference book with the "in transit" status is being transferred from Library Processing (at Bennett) to its home library (Surrey or Belzberg).

    Exception: Bennett Reference books with the "in transit" status are usually on the shelf. Please check the Bennett Reference location and report to the service desk for a correction.

  • W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) has an assortment of equipment available for loan such as laptops and phone chargers.

  • The Thesis Defence Room is equipped with a lectern, LED projector, screen, internet connection (including wireless), videoconferencing capabilities, rolling whiteboard, and a telephone connection. Overhead projector can be provided upon request.

    Presenters are to bring their own laptop. There are hookups to the LED projector available for PCs; Mac users will require their own adapter.

    There is a round table at which the student and examining committee can sit, as well as tables and chairs for an audience of 24 people.

  • The library due date format will either be mm/dd/yy or yyyy/mm/dd.

  • Online:

    Pay your fines and fees online by logging into your Library Record in the Library's Catalogue.


    • If you pay online, you must pay the full amount owing.
    • An email receipt will be sent to you upon payment.

    In person:

    W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) accepts cash, personal cheques (with proper identification), debit, and credit cards.

    Belzberg (SFU Vancouver) and Fraser (SFU Surrey) libraries accept cash and personal cheques only.

    By phone:

    You can also pay fines by calling 778.782.4345 (for fines incurred at any Library location).
  • Please review points #9 Disruption of Service (under Policy section) and #10 During disruptions of normal Library services (under Procedures section) contained in SFU Library Loans Policy

    Where do I return books when the library is closed? See Where do I return books when the library is closed?

    Contacts: Circulation/Loans desk: 778.782.4345 (Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby), 778.782.5050 (Belzberg Library, SFU Vancouver ) or 778.782.7411 (Fraser Library, SFU Surrey).

  • Being out of print does not mean that a book is no longer protected by copyright. Fair dealing for educational use allows making copies of "short excerpts," and other educational exceptions in the Copyright Act allow other specific uses; see the Copyright Infographic for copying guidelines for classroom use. If a longer portion is required and the book is still protected by copyright, you should contact the publisher to request permission to use the material. The SFU Bookstore can request permission for you, and distribute copies of the work once permission is obtained.

  • Simon Fraser University instructors own copyright in their lectures, and students own copyright in their presentations and assignments, as per SFU Policy R30.03 Intellectual Property Policy, but you may not own the copyright to all of the content within your lecture or presentation. Many educational uses of copyright protected materials are allowed for through fair dealing and educational exceptions to the Copyright Act. However, what you can display in the classroom may be different from what you can distribute to students.

    It is important that access to the material is limited to the students enrolled in the course and that the copying limits of the Application of Fair Dealing under Policy R30.04 are respected if the slides will be handed out rather than just displayed in the classroom. If you need to make use of a greater volume of material than that which is permitted through the fair dealing policy, you must:

    1. Remove copyright materials from the slides before creating the handouts,

    2. Request that SFU’s Copyright Officer evaluate whether a particular instance of copying or communication of a copyright-protected work is permitted under the fair dealing exception, or

    3. Seek express written permission from the copyright holder to copy and communicate that content.  Be sure to keep a copy of any permission you receive.