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Reading Lists

The Library provides a reading list support service that integrates:

 Benefits of the Reading List System

  • Priority ordering will be given to reading list items
  • Collection Development will order required e-books/books - no need for separate ordering
  • E-links will be checked and appropriate loan lengths of books will be assigned 
  • Print only book chapters/articles will be digitised 
  • Students will access list via Blackboard 
  • Student engagement can be monitored via the Dashboard feature

Better Reading List Functionality than Blackboard

      • Unlike Blackboard, Library resources will automatically work off campus
      • Unlike articles that are uploaded on Blackboard, important usage figures (inc. citation counts) will be accurate
      • A module reading list can be shared and managed among academic colleagues
      • We can ensure compliance with copyright regulations
      • Collection Development will be notified of any updates to the reading list 
      • Each list has a permanent url and can be added to Akari - there is no loss of important module information

 Watch a short introduction to our Reading List Service.

View our Reading List Brochure.  

Search our reading list service  for some list examples e.g. TLC 1OO Academic Skills. Training information and more detailed guides/videos are provided below.


We are currently running  regular training  sessions in the Library Training Room. These are aimed at lecturers or any teaching support/administrative staff involved in reading list provision. 

Check Times and Book a Place

If you are unable to attend these training sessions please contact

 Using the Reading List Service

  1. Please contact and we will invite you to use the reading list service by email link.
  2. Follow the email instructions and create a user profile.
  3. Log into reading lists and install the bookmark button to your browser for adding books/journal articles/websites 
  4.  Create and structure the reading list and quickly bookmark resources.
  5. Publish the reading list. The Library will purchase the listed books and scan the required chapters/articles.

For further assistance please attend a training session and/or refer to our training guide and videos below.

Reading List Support Materials

Our  Reading List Guide provides a detailed overview of: 

  • creating a list
  • adding reading list books, articles and materials (bookmarking) to the list
  • publishing a reading list
  • linking the list to Blackboard.

 See our short videos below covering the main elements of using the reading list service. 

Our Reading List FAQs addresses a number of common questions e.g. Can I link a reading list to more than one module? Can a reading list be shared? etc.

Please contact if you have any queries or require further assistance.

For information on the Library's Digitisation Service scanning limits please refer to our course guidelines for Course Material Digitisation.

Creating and Structuring a Reading List

Bookmarking a book and a journal article from the Library Catalogue

Installing the Add to My Bookmarks Button on Internet Explorer

Installing the Add to My Bookmarks Button on Chrome

Installing the Add to My Bookmarks Button on Firefox


 Linking from Blackboard to your Reading List


 Linking from Blackboard to a Reading List Section

 Instead of linking to a full list you can also link from Blackboard to sections of a reading list e.g. Week One Readings

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