Online reading lists - info for staff: Overview

Guidance for teaching staff on creating and editing online lists for their modules

Reading lists 2020/21

For guidance on reading lists for dual delivery of teaching in semester 2 2020/21 please see our Frequently Asked Questions

Why use Online Reading Lists?

The Library’s Online Reading Lists service offers a dynamic alternative to module booklet reading lists. Online lists:

  • allow students to view availability of books and connect directly to electronic resources with a single click
  • are instantly updateable – new resources can be added at any point in semester
  • easy editing allows for greater flexibility in your teaching, e.g. to reorder weeks, change priorities
  • provide usage statistics via a graphical interface
  • are the platform used to request and display digitised readings for your module.

Creating and editing online reading lists is easy and very intuitive: adding citations for books, e-journal articles and other online resources is done with just a few clicks, while a drag-and-drop interface means organising a list is straightforward.

The video below outlines some of the main advantages of using online lists.

Quick guide

This 5-minute video will walk you through all the main steps in creating, editing and publishing Online Reading Lists. More detailed video guides can be found on other pages.

Request access

To request editing rights – or to ask the Library to set up a list for your module – e-mail the Library at

You will be sent an invitation by e-mail to become a ‘list publisher’ or ‘list creator’. (If it doesn't arrive shortly, check that it hasn't been diverted to your junkmail folder.)

On accepting the invitation you’ll be asked to log in (using your University username and password) and to create a brief profile.

Training sessions

We provide one-to-one and small group training for staff via MS teams, please email us at

Downloadable user guide

You can download a set of very brief instructions covering most of the steps for creating and editing lists via the PDF link below.

It is very basic however and you may need to supplement it by refering to the more detailed step-by-step instructions and video guides available via the tabs above.

Creating an effective reading list

This set of best practice guidelines for creating reading lists have been drawn up by Library staff and the University's Learning and Teaching Committee. They cover areas such as terminology, what (and what not) to include on a list, and things you can do to enable students to make better use of their reading list.