Library Services for Faculty

Kelly librarians and staff work to help instructors with their teaching and research. Contact your Subject Librarian, who can consult with you on the services and resources available for your program or research.

Richard Carter

College Programs

  • Celtic Studies
  • Mediaeval Studies
  • SMC: The Boyle Seminar in Scripts and Stories

Language Departments

  • Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Noel McFerran

College Programs

  • Christianity and Culture

USMC Faculty of Theology

Remi Pulwer

Language Departments

  • Department of Italian Studies
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures

James Roussain

College Programs

  • Book and Media Studies
  • SMC One: The Gilson Seminar in Faith and Ideas

Language Departments

  • Department of French

The Kelly Library’s Syllabus Service assists faculty and instructors with the creation of an electronic reading list for your Quercus page to make your readings and other course materials available to students.

How it Works

Drawing on the University of Toronto’s extensive digital holdings (and beyond!), our team will prepare a complete reading list in your course’s Quercus page which contains links to weekly readings and other materials. If an item is not available electronically, our Syllabus Service team will retrieve, scan, and upload resources as PDF files, all in adherence to University of Toronto’s Copyright Fair Dealing Guidelines. If required readings go beyond the Guidelines, we will request the necessary transactional licences. We will reach out to you if we are unable to source an item.

If you want to include streaming media such as films or audio recordings, please submit your requests using this form.

Using Quercus to hold all of your electronic course material provides your students with easy access to articles, ebooks, chapters/excerpts, web links, and other media resources all in one place. We can also provide material to you to upload on your own. Our team can email you links to digitally-accessible materials, PDF files of scanned journal articles or book chapters, and other materials which you can post to Quercus yourself.

Course Reserves

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to host physical materials on course reserve for short-term loan.

Our Syllabus Service team can place frequently used materials on course reserve. Course reserve sets items aside in the library under shorter loan periods which allows for increased access. This is commonly done for print materials or DVDs which are not available digitally or for supplementary course materials. Let us know if there are any materials you wish to have placed on course reserve.

How to submit your request(s)

Submit your syllabus with full citations to as either a PDF or a Microsoft Word file. In your submission, please include:

  • Course name and code
  • Your name and contact information
  • Course start and end dates
  • Number of students enrolled in your course

Please let us know if you have print access to any of the items on your reading list. Sometimes instructors use their own personal copy of a resource or have a library copy in their possession. In such cases, the Syllabus Service team may reach out to access these materials.

Submission deadlines

To ensure we have sufficient time to source materials for your class, please aim to have your syllabi submitted by the following dates:

  • April 26, 2021 for Summer 2021 “F” and “Y” courses and June 14, 2021 for Summer 2021 “S” courses
  • August 11, 2021 for Fall 2021 “F” and “Y” courses
  • November 26, 2021 for Winter 2021 “Y” and “S” courses

Returning instructors

Please let us know if your course has used our syllabus service before. We save information from past courses, allowing us to fulfill your request more quickly. Please submit a revised copy of your syllabus and we will make any changes necessary.


Our team will contact you if we notice any copyright issues in your syllabus or if, for any reason, a resource cannot be made available. In order to provide materials as quickly as possible, we will negotiate copyright clearance for items that exceed our current licences and guidelines.


All data collected from course outlines submitted to the Kelly Library’s Syllabus Service program is used for the purposes of improving the services offered by the Kelly Library and may be used for collection development, program development, and other user services. Access to all submitted information is limited to staff of the John M. Kelly Library. Information will not be shared with third parties.


Please reach out to our Syllabus Service team at if you have any questions or concerns.

Information Literacy is one of Arts & Science’s five undergraduate competencies for “learning and applying knowledge” at the University of Toronto. Kelly librarians have extensive knowledge of and experience with teaching information literacy to students, whether undergraduate or graduate students, large or small classes. We’re keen to pay your students—and your syllabi—a visit!

Undergraduate classes

Graduate Theology classes

What We Offer

While we can visit your classroom, we can also host you and your students at the Kelly Library’s 2nd floor computer lab. From databases and primary sources to citation and concept mapping, we can focus on whatever aspect of research you think most useful, and tailor our instruction to your subject area and assignments.

Kelly Librarians and SMC writing instructors have developed several interactive tutorials to help students produce clearer, more thoughtful essays. The tutorials cover a range of skills and concepts, including narrowing a topic, creating a research question, developing an argument, fine-tuning thesis statements, keyword-searching, understanding primary sources, and gaining confidence with citation.

You can view the tutorials here.

Please feel free to embed one or more instructional tutorials or videos in Quercus. Here’s how:

  • Click the red <> Embed bar beneath a tutorial.
  • Copy the code to your clipboard using CTRL-C (or COMMAND-C on an Apple).
  • Create a page in Quercus and give it a title.
  • Select the </> HTML editor link at the bottom of the editor box.
  • Paste the embed code into the box using CTRL-V (or COMMAND-V on an Apple).
  • Save & Publish the page.

We love feedback! If you have any comments or questions, please contact librarians Richard Carter or James Roussain.

The Kelly Library provides assistance with clarifying the Copyright Act of Canada, ensuring material is within compliance of the law, seeking copyright permissions for material that goes beyond Fair Dealing, and locating alternate sources for when permissions cannot be obtained.


James Roussain

Links to Copyright Resources

Copyright issues are often complex. For general information, links to legislation and other useful information:

For St. Mike’s College Program faculty and instructors:

For USMC Faculty of Theology faculty and instructors: