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Reading Lists

What is digitisation?

The library offers a digitisation service that removes the need for academic staff to upload their own scans or to worry about copyright. When you request a digitisation, Talis checks whether the request complies with the copyright restrictions and the library will then upload a scan. The digitised chapter or article then sits within the reading list making it easily accessible for students.

Digital material scanned under the Copyright Licensing Agency license can only be made available through Talis reading lists and should not be uploaded to Moodle. Talis lists can be integrated into Moodle if you would like your students to access all resources through this platform.

Digitisation can also be used to provide access to articles from journals we do not subscribe to. Once you have requested a digitisation, we will let you know if for any reason we cannot provide access.

How to request digitisation

To request a digitisation, select the icon with the three dots on the right-hand side of a bookmark, select 'Request digitisation' and fill in the information boxes as appropriate. You can also request digitisations from the edit mode on your reading list by selecting “request digitisation” on the necessary bookmark.

Below is a video demonstrating this process:

What can I request?

The limits on digitised scans are:

  • 1 chapter or 10% of a book whichever is greater
  • 1 article in an issue of a journal

This is providing that they are covered by our license with the Copyright Licensing Agency. If they are not covered then, unless we can obtain permission directly from the publisher, we are unable to upload the scan. If this is the case we will be in touch about alternative options.

If you have any questions about digitisation please email

For more information about copyright regulations, please see our copyright FAQs.