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Readers Online

information for lecturers

UvA Readers Online provides access to digital and print readers for the Faculties of Economics and Business (FEB), Humanities (FGw), Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), Law (FdR) and Science. The site is searchable by name of the lecturer or author, programme and course catalogue number. Printed copies can be ordered online via repro supplier Canon’s webshop.

Due to the circumstances collecting printed copies at UvA locations is not possible for the time being. Printed copies will be sent to home addresses.


Requesting and importing readers

Lecturers can import their readers and upload scans or their own documents (in PDF form) via the import module. There is a manual to explain how to import new readers. Published readers can be reused via the import module, also by other lecturers. If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Reader Coordinator or contact person at your location. The Reader Coordinator will check the bibliographic data and copyright. Any missing texts will be retrieved and uploaded.

Once a reader has been imported, it will be available at UvA Readers online within five working days and will remain available until the end of the academic year.

A printed copy of all online readers will be made available by repro supplier Canon. They can be ordered via the Canon webshop. Special wishes regarding the cover, binding and/or number of colour copies can be made via the import module, Here, you can also indicate the number of students that may possibly order a printed version of the reader. Every lecturer who imports a reader will automatically be sent a free lecturer’s copy. Extra copies can be ordered in the webshop. Orders are delivered within five working days to any given address or can be picked up at one of these pick-up locations:


UvA Readers Online and the import module are accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone. Just log in with your UvAnetID and password. Please note: to be recognised by the system, confirm the Request for Information Transfer on your first log in by clicking 'Yes, share this information' and on the following page 'Yes, share this information'. 

If you wish to refer to the reader on Canvas, you can link to the Readers Online site ( You can also create a direct link to the reader via the URL which appears when you open the reader online.

Easy Access Regulation

The use of copyright protected material for education purposes has been stipulated in the January 2017 Easy Access Regulation. The regulation differentiates between short and long extracts. The former are paid for by the UvA on a yearly basis and need not be registered. The latter require permission be obtained beforehand. Short extracts are a maximum of fifty pages, provided that it is less than ¼ of the books or journal issue. Permission for long extracts can be sought via Stichting UvO's web portal using the client number and one’s faculty login codes. Please contact your Reader Coordinator or the contact person at you location (find below).

Exceptions to the easy access regulation are: copyright free material, publications with a Creative Commons license, and e-books or journals which have been either partly or completely paid off. Please consult the license list.

Additional information can be found at the Copyright Information Point for lecturers.

New Reader System (summer 2020)

During the summer of 2020 the UvA is switching to a new reader system. Lecturers wishing to offer their students readers will soon have an easy way of doing this within Canvas, the UvA's digital learning environment.

The new reader system will be integrated in Canvas. Therefore, lecturers  will no longer will be needing a separate UvA Readers Online import module to set up a new reader. The new system is easier to use and offers an unique feature: the Library collections are embedded. This will make it easier for lecturers to use the library resources in their readers. 

Students can download a free reader via Canvas or pay to have a paper version printed.

Seeking testers

The Library is looking for a number of lecturers to test the new reader system. The tests will take place in the second half of March and will take approx. 1 hour per person. Would you like to help us test the system? Please, contact the Library via


If you have any problems  importing, downloading or ordering readers, please contact your reader coordinator or Ask the Library.

Reader Coordinators and contacts on location

 FDR Arnolf van Asperen

020 525 4967

 FEB Larissa Tijsterman

020 525 2403

 FGW Gijs Rood

020 525 7628

 FGW Andreja Lekic

020 525 2242

 FMG Larissa Tijsterman

020 525 2403

FNWI Gijs Rood 020 525 7628