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Course Kit Centre

York University is a leader in the field of course kit or manual production.

This service has been in place and has evolved over the last decade, and has grown to be able to produce unique materials rich in relevant and timely cases and articles in printed form. Due to the volumes of work, York has developed its own database methods for copyright clearances to replace manual systems still used in smaller settings.

Our group can facilitate the publication of a course kit by:

  • Obtaining copyright clearances, maintaining records on clearances and accounting for payments to rights holders
  • Pre-flight checks of supplied digital files, to ensure they will print as expected
  • Assigning ISBN numbers
  • Creating tables of contents, title pages and final pagination
  • Printing, binding and delivery of course materials

Scanning and Document Management, Our team uses:

  • Colour and Black and White high speed printers
  • Inline punching and off line GBC USP 13 automatic high speed cerlox punch
  • Perfect binding or 3 ring binder preparation
  • Tabs for binders

How To Place Your Order

In order to ensure your order is ready prior to class, we request submission 8 weeks prior to the beginning of term. If you require a course kit for this term, please contact our Course Kit Team directly.

Be sure to include:

  • A complete Course Kit Order Form
  • A Copyright Information Form or Bibliographic Information list
  • Photocopies of all new material

Bibliographic Information List

A complete list of bibliographic information for all material to be included may be emailed to our team along with the complete CourseKit Order Form. Please include:

Copyright Requirements

Permissions are cleared for all copyrighted items in each Course Kit, every term, in compliance with Canadian Copyright Law. Learn more about copying guidelines at York University. Also visit the Copyright Support Office for more specific guidance on copyright.

About Course Kits

Course Kits Are

Customized publications which contain selected materials for a specific course. They are collections of copyrighted materials that can serve as either an up-to-date supplement to a textbook or as the primary resource for students.

Course Kits Include

Chapters from text and trade books
Newspaper and magazine articles
Business cases
Out-of-print books
Instructors' own material
Course syllabus
Course and Lab notes
Journal articles

Purchasing Course Kits

Course Kits are made available for students to purchase through the York University Bookstore, or through a bulk purchase by an institution or department.


For Instructors

  • Thorough knowledge of copyright, providing help in the creation of course kits, handouts, and on line materials
  • One on one contact with experienced Course Kit staff, ensuring that your needs are met
  • Notification if the cost of permissions will be excessive or if the publisher refuses permission to copy the material you have submitted
  • One complimentary desk copy for every tutorial/section
  • Table of contents with page references
  • Citations for each reading
  • Pagination
  • Custom printing and binding options including colour printing, customized tabs, coloured sheets and cerlox, spiral and perfect binding
  • Every effort is made to produce kits efficiently to keep costs down. Course Kits are produced “on demand” to reduce waste and replenished every 24 to 48 hours

For Students

  • One-stop shopping for all course needs
  • Convenient hours, including weekends and evenings
  • High quality course materials with attractive, durable covers printed clearly with the course name and number and the name of the course director
  • No waiting for library reserve materials to become available