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  • The Reference desk is a service point where you can ask for help in finding library information. At Bennett Library, the reference desk is also called the Ask Us desk.

    If you need help finding the Reference desk at any of the SFU libraries, you can ask at the Circulation/Loans desk (which is directly beside the entrance to the library).

  • Department library representatives:

    • work with the liaison librarian on collections activities such as coordinating serials reviews and book selection activities within the department.
    • review approval plan profiles and other collections policies with their liaison librarian.
    • keep the liaison librarian informed about departmental issues, developments, and concerns related to the library
    • communicate with the liaison librarian about information-seeking behaviour, research patterns, and scholarly communication trends in the discipline.

    To find the department library representative for your area, please visit Liaison librarians: Contact Information.

  • Liaison librarians are subject specialists who work closely with SFU departments. 

    To find your liaison librarian, see Liaison librarians: Contact information.

  • Satisfy SFU's Open Access Policy (OAP) requirement in one easy step: share the finalized text of your published articles with the Library, and we will make them available to the public. 

    For more information, and to deposit your work, see the SFU Open Access Policy.

  • The W.A.C. Bennett Library is the main branch of the Simon Fraser University Library, located on the Burnaby Campus of SFU. 

    The majority of the Library's physical collections, staff, and services, are based at this location.

    Location and contact

    To find the Bennett Library, see What is the address of the Library?

    To find a phone number or to reach Library managers or staff, see Contact us.

    More information

    Search the Library site [[multisearch]].


  • Copyright does not last forever. The main purpose of copyright law is to allow for creators of works to be reasonably rewarded for their creative efforts. To that end, there are statutory rules to determine when copyright protection of a work comes to an end (e.g., the "life plus 50” rule). When the term of copyright expires, the work is said to come into the "public domain" and is then available for anyone to use and copy without seeking permission from the copyright owner (the author retains no rights in the work). This is the reason that Emily Carr's paintings and Stephen Leacock's writings no longer are protected by copyright. 

    Although the copyright in Shakespeare’s plays expired long ago, many of the published editions of his plays contain added original materials (such as footnotes, prefaces etc.), which are copyright protected because the authors have used skill and judgment in creating the new material. This creates a new copyright in the added original material, but not in the underlying text of the original work in which the copyright had expired. 

    Don’t assume that everything you find on the Internet is in the public domain just because it is publicly available. Most of the material you find online is protected by copyright; however, you may be able to use it for educational purposes because fair dealing or the exception for educational use of material publicly available through the Internet will cover many uses related to teaching. See the FAQs under Instructors – Using copyright protected material from the Internet for further information about using material found on websites. 

    Works can also be in the public domain because the work was either not eligible for copyright protection in the first place or the copyright owner has given copyright in the work to the public. Some copyright owners have made clear declarations that uses of their copyright works may be made without permission or payment. Such a declaration may be found on the work itself or the website where it is found. The Reproduction of Federal Law Order, for example, permits anyone, without charge or request for permission, to reproduce Canadian laws and decisions of federally constituted courts and administrative tribunals in Canada. However, restrictions can be placed on the uses that can be made of works and, in this case, you must be sure to use the material accordingly. 

    Project Gutenberg is a good resource for finding literary works in the public domain. See the Instructors' resources for more suggestions about how to locate works in the public domain.

    For more information about duration of copyright protection in Canada see the Government of Canada’s About Copyright publication and the Canadian Public Domain Flowchart (by the Copyright Office at the University of Alberta (2020), licensed CC BY).

    • Personal materials of instructors, for which they own the copyright (e.g. assignment questions/solutions) 
    • Original print books (or similar such as reports), textbooks, DVDs, CDs, etc.
  • Some things are not protected by copyright. For example, copyright does not protect factual information or data, titles, short word combinations, names, characters, slogans, themes, plots, or ideas. These may be used or copied without permission or payment of royalties (unless they happen to be protected under trademark law).  

    Similarly, materials in the public domain can be copied freely, either because copyright protection has lapsed or because the copyright owner has indicated general permission to make copies. If the latter is the case, make certain you comply with any constraints the owner may have indicated regarding reproduction of the material.

  • Copyright protection exists as soon as a work is created in a fixed form. A fact or idea is not subject to copyright protection, but the expression of the fact or idea is protected. 

    Copyright is a broad category that protects creators of:

    • Literary, dramatic, artistic, musical works (e.g. book, letter, e-mail, blog, computer program, compilation, government publication, script, play, film, painting, sculpture, photograph, map, architectural drawing, sheet music, compositions, music video, etc.)
    • Sound recording (e.g. lectures, animal sounds, nature sounds, music, audio book, etc.)
    • Performances (e.g. dancing, singing, acting, etc.)
    • Communication signals (e.g. pay-per-view, radio, satellite, broadcasts, etc.)

    Multiple copyrights may exist within one work. For example, a musical work may consist of the song (lyrics and music) and the recording of the song. In this case, the song and the recording would be considered two different works and may be protected by copyright as a musical work and sound recording. The lyrics may also be categorized as a literary work. Additionally, a live performance of this song by an artist could also be protected as a performance.

    Copyright in most types of works, when used in Canada, lasts for the life of the creator plus 50 years. After that time, copyright expires and the work enters the public domain; works no longer under copyright can be freely used in any way by anyone, without permission.

  • Articles, single book chapters, lecture notes, and any other material that qualifies for copying under the SFU Fair Dealing policy (Application of Fair Dealing under Policy R30.04). Please see the Copyright Infographic for the copying limits.

    Access to the scanned documents is restricted to those students who are enrolled in the course for which they are on Reserve. Links to reserve material have also been added to SFU Connect and Canvas to allow better access for students.