Answered By: Katelyn Browne
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2020     Views: 59

The answer during normal times is basically "not without permission from the publisher or other rights-holder."

Many publishers are creating temporary exceptions and new policies to cover online readings during the widespread school and library closures. School Library Journal is maintaining an updated list by publisher.

Publishers, not authors, control these rights and permissions for almost all books.

If you need help identifying the publisher of a book, have questions about publishers not on this list, or have any other questions about distance read-alouds during these closures, please reach out to Katelyn Browne, Youth Services Librarian, at