Make your course readings available to students while respecting Canadian copyright provisions and existing U of T licensing agreements.
For more information refer to this comprehensive guide: Getting to know the Library Course Readings Module.
To submit your syllabus
Email your syllabus with full citations (including pages numbers, if applicable) to email@example.com as a Microsoft Word document, PDF, or rich text file. We also need:
- The course name and course code
- Your name and contact information
- The number of students in your course
- What library you would like us to put print items in the course reserves collection
- Which print items on your syllabus you’ve already scanned and which still need to be scanned
Note for returning instructors: In your email, make sure that you indicate to our staff whether your course is one that has previously used the syllabus service. Our system saves information from past instances of courses and this information can be copied and updated to save time and ensure that readings are copyright compliant. Please also let us know if the course code has changed, and include a revised syllabus if necessary.
Only need books on reserve? Email titles to firstname.lastname@example.org and your item(s) will be directed to the appropriate library.
Priority Service Dates
Submit your course reading list by the following dates to ensure priority processing for the beginning of the class start date. Instructors can continue to submit syllabi after this date. This material will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Fall 2017 Session: July 14, 2017
- Winter 2018 Session: December 1, 2017
- Summer 2018 Session 1: March 23, 2018
- Summer 2018 Session 2: May 11, 2018
We will contact you about any copyright concerns in your syllabus and negotiate copyright clearance for items that exceed our current licences and fair dealing guidelines at no cost to you.
When your syllabus is ready
Your readings will be available in the Library Course Reserves module on Blackboard. This is a single list of your assigned course materials that makes it easy to access articles, ebooks, chapter/excerpts, web links, and media resources in one place.
Accessing your assigned readings
Login to https://portal.utoronto.ca
Look for the Library Course Reserves module on your ‘My Page’
Select the ‘Launch Course Reserves’ link
- The courses you are assigned to teach will be listed. Select the class you are interested in viewing.
Library staff will upload scans of chapters/excerpts, permanent links to journal articles and ebooks available in the Libraries’ collection, and links to other web resources.
If requested, we will email you the PDF files of scanned journal articles or book chapters for you to post in Blackboard or a similar password-protected course management system.
We will place print items in the course reserves collection of your preferred library for the duration of the course.
Course Reserves and Syllabus Service at other U of T libraries
The following Libraries offer this service:
- Department of Physics
- D.G. Ivey Library (New College)
- Earth Sciences (Noranda)
- E.J. Pratt Library (Victoria University)
- Engineering and Computer Science Library
- Gerstein Science Information Centre
- Inforum (iSchool)
- John W. Graham Library (Trinity College)
- Mathematical Sciences Library
- Rotman (BIC)
Syllabus Service Data Collection
Data from course outlines sent to the Syllabus Service will be used for the purposes of providing and improving University of Toronto Libraries’ services to its user groups. Access to this information is limited to staff at the University of Toronto who require this information to perform the duties of their position. This information will not be shared with third parties.