Reading lists play a key role for students in directing their self-study, helping them understand the boundaries and key concepts of a module and acquainting them with the leading authorities on a subject. Unless advised to the contrary, students expect that all titles on a reading list will be readily available through the University Library in print and/or online.

Why do we need online reading lists?

Use of the University's standard tool for managing lists online (Leganto) - across all modules - helps academic and library staff to work in an effective and efficient partnership, in order to provide a more consistent and enhanced student experience.

The Reading Lists Service Level Statement, approved by the University's Learning and Teaching Committee, is designed to ensure that academic and library staff recognise their respective responsibilities in this endevour, so that students are presented with lists that link dynamically to the resources themselves and/or to live information on their availability.

For supplementary information to the Service Statement, please also see our Purchasing Matrix. This is used to determine how many print copies of a title we will purchase based on the category selected by the tutor (essential, recommended, or further reading), and the number of students requiring it.

How does it work?

Integrated with Blackboard, Leganto (the reading list software), allows users to easily create and organise reading lists how they choose. For example, reading lists can be created by organising items by importance ie Essential, Recommended, by topic, or by weekly readings.

Almost any type of resource can be added to a reading list: books, ebooks, journal articles, websites, digitised chapters etc linking the student directly to either the online resource, or live availability of print stock.

What are the benefits?

To students:

  • Have one definitive up-to-date reading list
  • Links easily and quickly to the resources you need for your module
  • Prioritise your reading – readings are marked according to their priority
  • Easy to access – linked to your Blackboard modules

To staff:

  • Integrated with Blackboard
  • Create and update your reading lists quickly and easily
  • Flexible layout allows you to organise your readings your way, and to link to a variety of different resources eg books, journal articles, websites etc
  • Ensures the Library has what your students need 
Information for students

We're working with your module leaders to ensure an online list is available for each module, as required. This list will be the definitive list for the module linking to resources required whether books, articles or websites.

There's no need to do anything, just log into Blackboard and check the menu for a link to 'Reading List'.  Not every module will have a set reading list, but if no link exists, and you're unsure, please check with your module leader.

Information for staff

What is expected of me?

Academic staff should create/edit their online readings list(s) or send their print reading list(s) to the Academic Librarian for their School within these designated deadlines: 

   • Term 1 reading lists: by mid-June
   • Term 2 reading lists: by mid-November 
   • Term 3 reading lists: by mid-March

If you don't have an online list to work on from last year, or you're not sure how to edit your list please contact your Academic Librarian. Or, if your module doesn't have a reading list, please still let us know.

How do I get started / edit my list?

If an online list already exists, simply follow the link to 'Reading List' in the left hand menu of your module space in Blackboard. We will have set you up with the relevant permissions to edit your list. 

Take a look at our short Leganto Guide to get started, or contact your Academic Librarian for assistance. The main points to remember when adding items to your list are:

  • To tag each item according to its importance, eg Essential. This helps us decide how many copies to purchase.
  • Whenever you make a change, 'Send to Library'. This alerts us to any changes or additions and we will take any necessary action.

If there is no link to 'Reading List' in Blackboard, contact your Librarian on how to proceed.


As this is a new service, we’d really like to know what you think about it. For example:

  • Students – has it helped you find relevant books for your course work?
  • Staff – have you found it easy to use?
  • Staff & Students  – is it a relief to know there’s now only one place to find your reading list?

 Please forward any questions or feedback to your Academic Librarian.

 Thank you for taking the time to help us with this project.

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