Copyright at the University Library: Document Delivery

InterLibrary Loan

Interlibrary loans (ILL) is a special service that allows users to borrow or receive copies of materials not held at the University of Saskatchewan Library. 

For more information and/or to complete an ILL request form, refer to the interlibrary loans web site.

The interlibrary loan units act as the agent for clients of their institutions to borrow materials or obtain copies for educational purposes from other libraries. Fair dealing guidelines are in effect. Under the revised Copyright Act, libraries may use digital technology to deliver an interlibrary loan copy of a copyright-protected work to a client. Electronic desktop delivery of library materials to its patrons (for interlibrary loan purposes) will be permitted under certain circumstances including measures to ensure that the client:

  • receives an email link to their document on a secure server
  • prints one copy only of the digital form,
  • does not communicate the copy to another person and
  • does not use the digital copy for more than 5 business days of first using it.  

There is a similar allowance for unpublished works deposited in archives.


Fair Dealing Guidelines and ILL

Under fair dealing, interlibrary loans staff members in non-profit educational institutions may communicate and reproduce, in paper or electronic form, short excerpts from a copyright-protected work for the purposes of research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire, and parody. Copying or communicating short excerpts from a copyright protected work under these Fair Dealing Guidelines for the purpose of news reporting, criticism, or review should mention the source and, if given in the source, the name of the author or creator of the work. Copying or communicating multiple short excerpts from the same copyright-protected work with the intention of copying or communicating substantially the entire work is prohibited. Copying or communicating that exceeds these limits may be referred to the Copyright Office for evaluation.

A short excerpt means:
a. up to 10 per cent of a copyright-protected work (including a literary work, musical score, sound recording, and an audiovisual work);
b. one chapter from a book;
c. a single article from a periodical;
d. an entire artistic work (including a painting, print, photograph, diagram, drawing, map, chart, and plan) from a copyright-protected work containing other artistic works;
e. an entire newspaper article or page;
f. an entire single poem or musical score from a copyright protected work containing other poems or musical scores;
g. an entire entry from an encyclopedia, annotated bibliography, dictionary, or similar reference work.

Interlibrary Loans & Copyright

If a copy is provided to you resulting from an interlibrary loan request, either in print or digital format, it must be for your own research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, parody, satire or education only, in accordance with the Fair Dealing exception in the Canadian Copyright Act.

Contact Us

Questions about interlibrary loans?  Contact us:

Murray Library
Office hours: 8 am - 5 pm
Monday - Friday
Phone: (306) 966-6651

Health Science Library
Office hours: 8:00 am - 5 pm
Monday - Friday
Phone: (306) 966-5995