Read Aloud Canadian Program FAQs

We are pleased to announce we have extended access to the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program as part of the Access Copyright licence for licensed public libraries.

Public libraries will now have access, in addition to K-12 and independent schools, until June 30, 2021.

Reach out to our team of specialists to learn how you can take advantage of this important resource after June 30.

Updated usage requirements for licensed schools and licensed libraries are posted.

Does my school or library have an Access Copyright licence?

The Read Aloud Canadian Books Program is available to licensed elementary and secondary schools and licensed public libraries.

K-12 public schools in British Columbia are currently licensed under the Access Copyright Elementary and Secondary Schools Tariff and have access to the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program until June 30, 2021. Elementary and secondary public schools in all other Canadian provinces and territories (except Quebec, where schools are licensed through Copibec) are currently unlicensed as Ministries of Education and Ontario school boards continue to refuse to pay the Access Copyright Elementary and Secondary Schools Tariff.

Independent schools and public libraries that have signed an Access Copyright licence also have access to the Read Aloud program until June 30, 2021. 

If you work at an independent school or public library and are unsure if they are licensed through Access Copyright, please contact us directly at

What should I do if I am unsure that my school or library is licensed by Access Copyright?

Please contact us at for more information.

Can this temporary permission extend to other readers besides teachers and librarians?

The permission is available to licensed K-12 and independent schools as well as public libraries that have a licence with Access Copyright as remote learning continues in schools or libraries due to COVID-19. K-12 and independent schools as well as public libraries have access under their licence until June 30, 2021

Others who may wish to take advantage of “online story-time” are encouraged to contact us at to learn about licensing options that may be available to them.

Where can I find the list of books included in the Program?

Each participating publisher and author has provided a list of titles that they are allowing to be used in the Program. These are available by clicking on each publisher and author listed on the Access Copyright website here

If you are a teacher or librarian at an Access Copyright licensed K-12 or independent school or licensed public library wishing to share a video recording of a reading of a covered work through the Read Aloud Canadian Books program, you are required to provide the  information requested here.

How can I share a video recording of a reading?

Under the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program, a video recording of a reading of titles available for use under the Program by educators and librarians at Access Copyright licensed K-12 and independent schools, and licensed public libraries, can be made available in any of the following ways:

  • Post your reading through your school’s password‐protected platform or within a closed group or password‐protected platform. In the case of a read-aloud in classrooms, in order to replicate the read-aloud book experience that would otherwise be available to teachers and students in the classroom, access to the reading should be limited to one class; 
  • If this is not possible, uploading to YouTube is permitted if videos are marked “Unlisted”.

If you were wishing to live-stream a reading, please contact the rightsholders of the work directly to request permission.

What am I required to do when posting a reading?

At the beginning of your reading, please mention the author, illustrator and publisher of the work you are about to read from. Please also state that you are presenting your reading “with permission from Access Copyright on behalf of the Publisher”. Please delete or disable access to a recording of a reading made for a K-12 or independent school classroom or for a public library by June 30, 2021.

The book I want to read is not included on the publisher’s list. What do I do?

Access Copyright’s permissions team can help. Please email us at and provide the title, publisher and ISBN of the work and we’ll look into obtaining permission from the copyright holder. Please allow two to four business days to process your request.

Are authors and illustrators able to read their own works or do they require separate permission?

Reading of works by authors and illustrators are not covered under this program. Authors who wish to read their own works online are advised to contact their publisher for guidance. Publishers who want to extend permission to authors and illustrators to read from their work online can contact for sample language that can be used to grant permission for this use.

Is the program open to publishers who do not belong to the Association of Canadian Publishers?

While the program was launched at the initiative of the Association of Canadian Publishers, participation in the program is open to all Access Copyright affiliates. Contact for more details or to opt-in.

Are self-published works covered under this program?

Yes, authors who have self-published works or own 100% of the copyright in any of their published works can opt-in to this program. Contact for more details or to opt-in.