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Copyright: Course Reading

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For 2020-21:  The Copyright Licensing Agency has granted an extension to the Higher Education Licence (see below) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic:

This extension currently covers 7 of the largest HE publishers:  CUP, Elsevier, Pearson, Sage, Springer, Taylor & Francis and Wiley.  If the Library is unable to purchase an e-book,  two chapters or 20% of the print version can be digitized for reading lists.  Digital copies made under this extension must be removed from reading lists by 31st July 2021.

CLA HE Licence

The University of Hull holds the Copyright Licensing Agency's HE Licence,  which enables University staff to make digital or print copies for students from most published books and journals, subject to the following limits per module:

  • Taken from a book or journal which is part of the University's collections (print or online)*
  • Maximum 1 chapter or 10% of a book (whichever is greater) 
  • Maximum 1 article from any issue of a journal
  • 1 short story or poem from an anthology (max. 10 pages)
  • Only available to students taking the module concerned (ideally via ReadingLists@Hull), for the duration of the module.

*If the Library does not stock the publication, a copy can be made from a book or journal article legally sourced by the lecturer, until the Library is able to acquire the material for stock.

Lecturers and tutors who intend to provide students with digital copies (scans) of printed texts for course reading should use the Library's Digitization Service, to ensure compliance with licence terms.  Requests for digitization should be submitted via ReadingLists@Hull.

August 2020:  The Library's Digitization service has now restarted, following temporary suspension during the Covid-19 lockdown.

E-books and journals

Almost all of the Library's e-books and e-journals can be accessed off-campus, and an increasing number of authors take advantage of opportunities to publish their work on an open access platform Instead of making copies,  you can create an online reading list for students with direct links to the Library catalogue and subscribed or free resources:

If students report difficulties connecting to Library resources off-campus, please encourage them to ask for help:


More than 6,500 Open Access e-books from 85+ publishers, including Brill, Cornell University Press, De Gruyter, and University of California Press. Search the full text; results are presented as individual chapters which can be downloaded as a pdf or shared with a stable link.


The Directory of Open Access Books
Developed by the not-for-profit OAPEN Foundation in the Netherlands, a directory of scholarly works from academic publishers and university presses.  Search or browse for e-books which can be incorporated into reading lists or course packs with no restrictions on reading, printing or downloading for private study.