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Readers in Canvas

Information for lecturers

Canvas makes it possible to compile a reading list for each course. Adding PDF files of publications gives students of this course the option to print all PDF files in a single volume (a reader). Such a printed reader can be ordered in the web shop of our repro supplier Canon.

Uploading PDF files is not mandatory. A list of information about books and articles from such sources as the library catalogue and (if available) a link to the full text may also suffice. In that case, however, students will not be able to order a printed reader. They will have to click through to the material you referred them to.

Creating a reading list

Please follow the steps below to create a reading list.

  1. Log in to the Canvas course as a lecturer
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Go to the Navigation tab
  4. Drag Readers from the bottom menu to the top menu
  5. Click on Save
  6. Click on READERS
  7. Click on +NEW LIST or +CREATE IT
  8. Choose a title (+ dates and descriptions, if required)
  9. Click on CREATE
  10. Choose a template: you can choose from a template without sections and a template with sections for each week of the course
  11. If you choose a template without sections:
    - Click on NEW SECTION
    - Choose a section title (+ dates and descriptions, if required)

Adding items to a reading list

Reading list ready for checking?

As soon as the reading list is ready – no later than 15 working days prior to the start of the course – click on LIBRARY REVIEW.
The University Library's reader coordinator will check the reading list within five working days. Once everything has been approved, the list will be made available to students until the end of the academic year. You will be notified of this.
Students will then be able to order a printed reader with all the PDF files you uploaded. When a lecturer compiles a reader, all of their colleagues will be provided with a copy automatically and free of charge. Additional copies for lecturers can be ordered from the Canon web shop, specifying a cost centre number. Canon will supply these readers to the home or work address or to one of the following collection points within five working days:

Editing items in a reading list

If your reading list only contains items without a PDF file, you will be able to edit or delete existing items or add new items without a PDF file as you see fit.
If your reading list contains one or more items with a PDF file, these will be locked by the University Library after checking. In such cases, editing will only be allowed in consultation with your local reader coordinator.

Reusing a reading list from the previous year

It is possible to reuse a reading list from the previous academic year.

  1. Go to the Canvas course
  2. Click on READERS
  3. Click on +ROLL OVER
  4. Search for the previous year's course by title or code
  5. Click on ROLL OVER
  6. Make the necessary amendments and click on LIBRARY REVIEW

The use of copyright-protected material for education purposes is stipulated in the Easy Access regulation, which has been in effect since 1 January 2017. The regulation differentiates between short and long extracts. The UvA pays for the use of short excerpts on an annual basis; these do not have to be specified separately. For long excerpts, prior permission needs to be requested via the web portal of Stichting UvO. Please get in touch with your reader coordinator or on-site contact person for the customer number and login code for your faculty. Payment for long excerpts is arranged through the University Library. Faculties will not be sent a separate invoice for these.

There are some exceptions to the Easy Access regulation, extracts from which can therefore be used without citation:

  • Copyright-free material
  • Publications with a Creative Commons licence
  • E-books or journals for which the rights have been paid in part or in full: please consult the licence list

For further information, please visit the Copyright Information Site for lecturers or get in touch with the University Library by sending an e mail to

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Persons and Questions?

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

Amsterdam Law School Arnolf van Asperen

020 525 4967

Faculty of Economics
and Business
Larissa Tijsterman

020 525 2403

Faculty of Humanities Gijs Rood

020 525 7628

Faculty of Humanities Andreja Lekic

020 525 2242

Faculty of Social and
Behavioural Sciences
Larissa Tijsterman

020 525 2403

Faculty of Science Gijs Rood 020 525 7628