Coursepack Production

Halifax and Agricultural Campuses

Course packs can be produced at Dalhousie University Campus Print locations. Halifax campus users should submit their print jobs to the Print Centre located in the Life Sciences Centre building while Agriculture Campus users should submit their jobs to the Agricultural Campus Print Centre located in Cumming Hall. Faculty and staff can now submit print requests for course packs directly to their campus print centre without the need for Copyright Office approval and clearance.

As an alternative to physical course pack production, Dalhousie Libraries' offer an eReserve service whereby faculty can submit reading lists/syllabi and library staff will upload and/or create persistent links to readings within a specified Brightspace course. For more details on the eReserve service visit the Dal Libraries' Borrow webpage.


Dalhousie's Fair Dealing guidelines permit the communication and reproduction of a short excerpt from a copyright protected work in the circumstances in the Fair Dealing guidelines. Section 4 of the guidelines defines a short excerpt as follows:

  • Up to 10% of a copyright protected work (including a literary work, musical score, sound recording and an audiovisual work)
  • One chapter from a book
  • A single article from a periodical issue
  • An entire artistic work from a copyright protected work containing other artistic works
  • An entire newspaper article or page
  • An entire single poem or musical score from a copyright protected work containing other poems or musical scores
  • An entire entry from an encyclopaedia, annotated bibliography, dictionary or similar reference work

Reproduction of the above can occur, provided that in each case, no more of the work is copied than is required in order to achieve the allowable purpose.

Short excerpts may be made available to students in a course pack, a class handout, or through the university's learning management system. However, no more than a short excerpt from a work may be copied and made available to students during a specific course of instruction irrespective of the number of formats in which it is made available. Furthermore, no more than a short excerpt from across all editions of a copyright protected work should be included in a course pack.

Amounts in excess of the guidelines

If an extract to be included in a course pack exceeds the limitations of a short excerpt as set out in the in the Fair Dealing guidelines, please contact Copyright Office staff for further review and evaluation of the material.

License agreements

Please be aware that Dalhousie's license agreements may override Fair Dealing allowances. To see if a particular resource provider allows the use of material in course packs, please visit the License Information Website.

Reporting requirements

Coursepack production by the University is subject to specific record keeping standards.  Please contact the Copyright Office for the details.


Each copy of a course pack should include the following notice printed in a prominent location on the course pack.

This course pack is made in accordance with the university's fair dealing guidelines for sale to and use by students enrolled in the course of study for which it was made. This course pack may also include copyright protected material pursuant to permissions granted by the copyright holder.  Any reproduction or other use of this material is strictly prohibited.

Sale of course packs

Course packs that incorporate copies of short excerpts of copyright protected works made must be sold by the university directly to students. Course packs must not be sold to an intermediary (e.g. a student association) that sells the course packs to students.

The amount charged by the university for the production and sale of a course pack should not exceed the university's cost to produce and sell the course pack.

If any person responsible for making a course pack, whether a faculty member and his or her staff, or a central course pack production staff, is uncertain about the application of the Fair Dealing guidelines to the production and sale of course packs, that person should consult with Copyright Office staff.

Questions or comments?

We'd be happy to help out. Please send us your copyright questions and comments.

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