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Online Reading Lists and Copyright Cleared Content: Welcome

Information for Academic Staff

This guide is a work in progress. Please contact the Online Reading Lists Team or Copyright Clearance Unit if you need any assistance

Online Reading Lists & Copyright Cleared Content Libguide

The Content and Discovery Team can help and advise you on what to add to your Online Reading List

We have been helping academics develop their Online Reading Lists since 2011, and have been copyright clearing and digitising chapters and article requests for almost 20 years. Copyright Cleared content sits in your Online Reading Lists allowing both academics and students with the ease of viewing all of the teaching materials in one place. All scans have been created using software that allows them to be read out loud using specialist software

Variety of training opportunities

  • One-to-One training - we will visit your office and help guide you through the process of creating your own Online Reading List and requesting Copyright Cleared Content (this takes 45-60 minutes)
  • We can run workshops for groups of academics to attend and learn more about the benefits of Online Reading Lists and Copyright Cleared Content
  • Presentations at College Away Day conferences and other Learning and Teaching events - we regularly participate and show academics the benefits of using our systems


For more information and assistance contact the Content & Discovery Team:

For information creating and editing your Online Reading Lists

For help adding digitised Copyright Clearance Content

Or speak to your Academic Librarian about resource availability:

Academic Librarian webpage

Statistics for Academic Year 2017-2018

Academic Year 2019-2020


Welcome to Online Reading Lists and Copyright Cleared Content

How we can help you

Online Reading Lists: we will add, edit and amend your module’s online reading list so that books, eBooks, journals, e-journals and other electronic resources are available for your students. If you wish to do this yourself we can show you how

Email for more information

Copyright Clearance Content: we can digitise journal articles and book chapters and add them to your lists; allowing students to access, download and print high quality digitisations. We can advise you on what is legally allowed under the terms of the University's copyright licences

Email for more information

Your academic librarian is happy to help you find and check the key sources of information for your reading lists; current books and e-books and journal articles which are available in print or electronically.  We can help you update your lists and advise you when new editions of titles become available

Visit  to find your academic librarian’s contact details

The Benefits of Online Reading Lists and Copyright Cleared Content

Benefits Online Reading Lists Copyright Cleared Content



  • Allows collection and organisation teaching materials in one place
  • Wide variety of teaching tools available including library catalogue and collections; Copyright Cleared Content;  websites; Box of Broadcast (UK & NI only)
  • In-browser bookmark adds resources and links to a personal bookmark account
  • Online Reading Lists rolled over every year so minimum need for updating
  • Support and training given throughout
  • Peace of mind knowing that your digitisation requests will be copyright compliant
  • Additional chapters or articles are possible thanks to our Second Extract Permission Service.
  • With our CLA Licence most print books / journals can be digitised regardless of whether the item is in stock or not in stock
  • We purchase British Library digitised copies of articles not in library stock
  • High quality scanning
  • Usage stats of CCC - evaluate the use and efficacy of your digitised readings
  • Help, support and demonstrations can be provided



  • Access to recommended books, journals and websites together with optional guidance notes from lecturers
  • Extra learning resources through Copyright Cleared Content and Box of Broadcast
  • Immediate interaction via Course Resources
  • Accessible on all devices via the internet
  • Checking of Library availability across all University libraries
  • Facility to add personal study notes
  • Click the 'VIEW ONLINE' button to immediately see the Copyright Cleared Content - simple and quick to use
  • Digitised readings can be viewed wherever and whenever on most devices
  • The download feature enables reading whilst offline
  • Scanned using Optical Character Recognition software (OCR) makes the document searchable and can be read-aloud with the appropriate software


 University of Derby

  • Enhances the student learning experience, as reflected in the NSS and HER returns
  • Helps create continuity for teaching for student expectations
  • Better management of Library collection and budget expenditure
  • Promotes teaching excellence and engagement
  • We are regulated by the Copyright Licensing Agency and ensures that the Copyright Cleared Content is legal
  • Additional copyright permission is also sought for articles not covered by the CLA remit
  • Unlimited storage capacity – everything is stored in the Cloud
  • Copyright Cleared Content is available for all students covered under the HESA returns
  • Enhances the student learning experience, as reflected in the NSS and HER returns


Don't just take our word for it!

"When students arrive at university, it’s easy to see how they could become overwhelmed with the sheer volume of texts they feel obligated to read. If students are provided with a clear and concise resource list that they can use as a roadmap for their study, they are better able to plan and manage their workload which can help reduce stress and really support their learning"

Becky Owen (2019) Blog: The Benefits of a Good Resource List (

"Encouraging college students to read is a long game, so keep at it. Reading is one of the best ways to help students improve their understanding of themselves and of the world"

Andy McHugh (2019) Blog: Encouraging College Students to Read (

"Students engagement with recommended academic resources is key to developing a deeper understanding of their discipline and, ultimately, a more satisfying and stimulating educational environment"

University of Reading (September, 2016)

"Research has shown that there is a direct link between degree classifications and library usage"

Eileen Hiller, Head of Academic Services, University of Huddersfield (The Guardian, 2013)

"The introduction of the electronic reading lists has enhanced the students' ease of access to current module book lists, allowed for updating by staff and provides a real professional academic feel"

Colin Beeke, Senior Lecturer in Computing, University of West London (Talis webinar, February 2016)

"Students regularly asked... about items on their learning resources lists and staff direct them to the Talis reading list. Students are often surprised and pleased to discover that the list is available with links to electronic resources and digitisations"

The University of Queensland (Talis webinar, February 2016)

"It more than met my expectations. I went from having two confusing lists where one was linked to internet sources and the other was linked to the library, to having one cohesive list that was divided into weeks and clearly showed the students what they needed to read each week in preparation for their classes"

Deakin University (Talis webinar, February 2016)