Desk and Exam Copy Policy

Desk Copies

Penguin Random House Canada is pleased to provide desk copies of any adopted text that is required reading for the course. The course instructor is eligible to receive 1 desk copy for every 20 copies of each title ordered for course use. We will process all desk copy requests as quickly as possible, but please remember that we will not ship them until you have placed an order with your bookstore and they have ordered books from us. Desk copies will not be shipped to residences; they must be mailed in care of your institution.

To order a desk copy, please use our online Desk Copy Request Form.

This form is for Canadian orders only. Click here in order to access the U.S. Academic request form. 

You will need the following information:

• 13 digit ISBN of the book being used in the course (10 digit will not work)
• Course name, number, semester and the estimated enrollment
• Name and telephone number of the bookstore where you placed your order
• Instructor name, telephone number, e-mail address and full shipping address of your institution

Please place desk copy requests at least six weeks before the start of classes. We will process desk copy requests as quickly as possible, however requests that do not contain all of the above information may cause a delay in processing. For the quickest service please place your orders online. If you do not have access to the internet, you may fax your request on your institutional letterhead to (416) 598-7764, attention Academic Department. Please include all of the above information.

You may also mail your request on institutional letterhead to:

Penguin Random House Canada
320 Front Street West, Suite 1400
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3B6

ATTN: Academic Department

Examination Copies

Examination Copies are available to college or university professors seeking titles to review for possible course adoption. Requests must be made via our online Request Form stating the author, title and isbn of the title. The charge for examination copies, to cover shipping and handling costs, is $5.00 plus GST for each book that retails for $30.00 or under, and 50% of the book’s retail price plus GST for titles over $30.00. The maximum number of titles allowed is six per year. Pre-payment is required before we will ship an examination copy. Please include your name, telephone number and full institutional mailing address with your request. Please provide credit card information ensuring your billing and shipping address is included.

All examination and desk copy requests are subject to review and approval. If you have any questions, please contact us at or call the Academic Department at (416) 364-4449.

Information for High School Teachers and Instructors

Penguin Random House of Canada does not sell directly to schools or school libraries. Please contact your local school wholesaler to order any of our books. If you would like a list of wholesalers in your area, please email us at or call the Academic Department at (416) 364-4449.