Started to think about your reading list?

Wondering where to find information for your first assignment? A good starting point is your reading list. All the items on your reading list have been chosen by your tutors and they work closely with Learning Services so that the books and journals are available for you to use. What’s more we’ve made it easy for you to access your reading list in the catalogue. Just-


  • go to the Learning Services webpages
  • go to the area labelled Search Catalogue
  • type your module code into the search box
  • select Module Code from the drop down list to the left of the search box
  • Click on Search


You will see all the items that are on the list, which will be a mixture of books and journals in electronic and print formats.

If you need help finding your reading list the staff at the Ask desk on the first floor of the library will be happy to help you, or you can email

Steps to Success: Reading Lists 17th January 12-1 pm

You can still book on to the Steps to Success session on getting the most out of your reading list. This will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 17th January between 12 and 1 pm on the first floor of the University Library. This session will enable you to find your reading list using the Library Catalogue, how to use the Library Catalogue to find alternative texts and more. You can book by going to

Did you know….. how we manage your reading lists?

Each year Learning Services requests that academic staff  submit their reading lists for checking and ordering. A brief summary of the process follows:

  • Academic staff email us their reading lists which should include student numbers and module semester dates
  • Information Resources staff check the reading lists against the library catalogue
  • Book suppliers web sites are checked for the most up to date edition of the book and to see if the book is available electronically
  • This enables us check we have enough copies in stock 
  • We can digitise a chapter of a book if an ebook is not available.  There are certain copyright restrictions on this service so do check with your academic liaison librarian
  • Your academic liaison librarian makes the final decision as to how many copies to buy and in which format
  • The module code is added to the bibliographic record in the library catalogue

 How will this help the students?

  • This process ensures we purchase the correct stock
  • Students can type their module code into the library catalogue and bring up their reading list
  • Teaching staff can embed a URL into the VLE which will take the students directly to the reading list
  • The reading list can contain links to electronic journals, ebooks, online databases and past exam papers

Academic Staff can send the reading lists to:

Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Health

Colette Hughes – Information Resources Manager

Maureen Richardson – Electronic Resources Manager