Desk Copies

Desk copies are books that have been adopted and ordered as required reading in an upcoming course.

Desk copy requests must include the book's ISBN and title, the instructor's name and mailing address, the course code and title, the estimated enrollment, course start date, and name of bookstore where the order has been placed. All desk copy requests are subject to approval.

You may request a desk copy in two different ways:

Through our website’s examination and desk copy system:

Find your book in our online catalogue and click the “Request an Exam Copy” button (found below the cover image).

Log in to your UTP account with your email and password (or click “Register” if you are a new customer and choose the appropriate account type).

Under “Type” please choose “desk copy” and fill out the required institutional and course information. Instructors and Teaching Assistants may request desk copies in paper format, digital format, or both; Administrative Assistants can only request paper format desk copies on behalf of instructors.

You will receive an email when your request is approved.

Digital format desk copies can be downloaded from your “My Account” page and require Adobe Digital Editions (this is different from Adobe Reader or Acrobat). It is also necessary to have an Adobe ID if you wish to view your book on devices other than your computer. If ADE is not compatible with your mobile device or tablet, we recommend the BlueFire Reader. For IOS devices such as iPhones and iPads, please use Apple’s Safari browser when downloading content.

Your digital format desk copy will expire 240 days from initial approval. If you need more time, please go back to the book’s webpage and make another request (one additional request permitted per title). For any assistance, please email

Paper copy requests are delivered across North America within 7 to 15 business days; requests placed during the month of December may take longer. International requests may take longer depending on location.

Email, call in, or fax your request to:

Joanna Kincaide
Desk Copy Requests 
Tel: 416-978-2239 ex. 2240
Fax: 416-978-4736

Faxes must come on an official letterhead and email requests must come from a valid university or college email address. Please include the required information noted above.

Note: If you would like to request a book published by another press but distributed by the University of Toronto Press Distribution Centre, please contact the book's publisher directly or email UTP Distribution at Please be sure to provide the book's title and ISBN.