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Reading Lists: a Practical Guide

Manage existing lists

Icon depicting a crossed spanner and screwdriverEdit and manage your existing lists


The instructions below will help you manage your lists once you're set up in Reading Lists.

Click to find out more information and some relevant FAQs will also appear on the right-hand side. 


1. Changing and updating your list

It's simple to edit lists in Reading Lists. If you only have a few minor updates to make we suggest you try doing this yourself as it will be quickest option for you. Look at the FAQs to the right for information on how to move items or sections, how to delete items, and how to deal with modules that have multiple lists.

If you have major changes to make to a list, or if you have a brand new list, we are happy to get this ready in the Reading Lists system for you. Send it to us using our online submission form. This is particularly useful for staff who are taking over a module or are returning from research leave.

Our Digitisation and Accessibility pages may also be of interest if you want to request some scanned reading or if you have a print-impaired student taking your module.

2. Managing list editors and collaborating with colleagues

Reading Lists is capable of having multiple people as list editors (the system refers to them as collaborators). The FAQs opposite contain instructions on how to add colleagues.

If you are no longer teaching on a module and wish to remove yourself from the reading list it is important that you remove yourself from the list rather than simply deleting the list. If you delete the list it will remove it for everyone else as well.

The Reading Lists team can help you with the following:

  • Removing you from or adding you to a large number of lists in one go
  • Helping with large changes at a departmental level or adding administrative staff to lists

3. Monitoring student use of your list

On individual lists you can see which students have marked items as read. There are some reporting options available with Reading Lists; these are available in the Reports area. This part of the system isn’t currently heavily used. We’re open to working with departments to see how we could develop this area further.

4. Get your students involved

You can promote class discussion using the 'Student discussion' feature. This is an optional tool that can be turned off if you don’t want students to use it.

5. Making big changes and getting help

We’ve tried to make sure that the FAQs contain all the instructions you will need for using the system. If your question isn’t covered here, or if you’d like to ask for some advice on ordering ratios and purchasing timelines, please get in touch with us using We're happy to answer queries over the phone, by email, or to come out to departments to meet staff.

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