I have been receiving complaints that users in at least one of our SharePoint sites are unable to view documents in a list. The list permissions are read access and I have verified those permissions. The only way I can get them access to view documents is to give them edit permissions. Has anyone else seen this? I have gone through the list permissions and advanced settings verify item level permissions and everything checks out.
Make sure that the 'Read' permission level in your site actually has Read Permissions. Follow these steps : Site Settings>Site Permissions>Click 'Permission levels' in ribbon>Click 'Read'>Ensure it has correct list and site permissions for viewing(For example,"View pages in a Web site")
You can also fine tune here how your 'Read' permission level will behave.