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Reading Lists for Staff

The library's online reading list service is available to help you provide an online, dynamic, engaging resource list for your students.

Using our online reading list has many benefits, including:

  • Getting links to the list directly from your modules in CampusMoodle
  • Providing digitised content in a way that meets the Copyright Licensing Agency's legal requirements


Look and feel

The reading lists have a modern look and feel which will improve the student experience of working with their lists.

You can add lots of different types of material to the reading lists, introducing your students to all relevant sources: books, e-books, journal articles, journals, websites, videos, PDFs, theses and more.

Sections, Notes and Tags

It's easy to categorise your resources in the best way for your module with sections.

Also, you can provide more guidance and information about individual resources with the use of item notes and tags.

Online Resources and Print Holdings

Students can access recommended websites, online videos, e-books and electronic journal articles straight from their reading list!

Setting Up Your Lists

Just email us at with the following information:

Module information

  • Module number
  • Module name
  • Module co-ordinator
  • Delivery mode
  • Number of students
  • Date the list is needed by

List information

  • Items you want on the list e.g. books, journal articles, web pages
  • Identify any items you want tagged as Suggested for student purchase, Essential, Recommended or Optional
  • Information about how you want the list organised e.g. divided into weeks, split by topic and so on
  • Any notes you want either on the list or linked to the items

Any other requirements

  • Identify any book chapters or journal articles you would like digitised

The library will then create the list for you and investigate the items on the list.

We will check for the most recent editions of any books and will buy, unless informed otherwise, the most recent edition.

We will look to see if books can be bought as an eBooks and if available will buy the eBook in preference to the print (please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss this). If it is only available in print we will order paper copies. If we already have the book in stock will look at if additional copies are needed.

We will check that recommended journal articles are accessible and add links for on and off campus access where available.

The library will also check which book chapters and journal articles may be digitised in accordance with the Copyright Licensing Agency Higher Education License (see below) and make the digitised versions available.

When the list has been finalised we will publish it and link it to the relevant module code. This should ensure that reading list link in the module on CampusMoodle will go to your list.

We will email you when the list has been published. Any items we have ordered will be added to the list as they become available.

Updating Your List

We recommend reviewing your list each academic year to ensure the resources included on it are still relevant to your module. If there are changes then please email us at and we will update your list.

We are happy to check your list for new editions and eBook alternatives.

At this time, academic staff are unable to get editing rights to update lists. We hope to introduce this feature at a later stage and will advertise it when it is available.

Linking to CampusMoodle

All the published reading lists are linked to a module number, and a link will appear in the module's Moodle page. The images show the two different logos for the 2019/20 modules and the 2018/19 modules.

If you cannot see the logo or the link doesn't work - contact or your School's E-Learning support for assistance.

To move the logo and the link to a different location:

  • turn on editing on the study area
  • drag the object by the crosshairs and drop it to its new location


Links for non standard modules may need to be added manually in the study areas. If this is the case, please contact us and we can provide you with the links.

Adding Reading Material to Moodle

There may be times when you want to upload journal articles, books, reports etc. that you have found in databases or websites to your module area on Moodle.

  Please be cautious

The copyright and license agreements we have with publishers do not allow for uploading of the PDF/Word versions of articles, books, etc. on CampusMoodle. Instead, you should provide a link to where the material can be accessed and this can easily be done through the online reading lists.

You can only upload the document on Moodle if there is an explicit statement/license allowing re-distribution.

This also applies to materials openly available online.

Links to materials can be available through the reading list system. Alternatively, we can provide you with links which work on and off campus.

Digitisation Service

Under the Copyright Licensing Agency Higher Education License (CLA), digital copies of certain material (e.g. some book chapters, journal articles) can be provided to students. We provide a streamlined digitisation service.

What sort of material can be digitised?

  • Material which was originally published in the UK or US with the exception of publishers who have not signed up to the licence. The CLA has a list of excluded publishers.
  • Material owned by the Library or by a School which can be produced if requested by the CLA.
  • Copyright fee paid materials from the British Library.

How much can be made available digitally?

  • A chapter from a book (or 10% whatever is greater)
  • An article from a journal
  • A whole paper from a set of conference proceedings
  • A short story or poem from an anthology (not exceeding 10 pages)
  • A whole report from a single case of a judicial proceedings
  • Whole page images or embedded images may also be scanned

How can I request a digital copy?

Please contact with details of the item, course name, module number, number of students on the module and the date when the item is required for.

We will check if the item you require can be made available as a digital copy under the CLA License. We'll then scan it, create the audit records required, and make the item available through your online reading list.

What if my requested item doesn't comply with the license?

We will investigate if we can gain permission directly from the publisher for the item to be made available digitally.

What is the timescale for making items available?

If the item is available and covered by the License, it will normally take 2 days. If we need to get hold of the item it may take longer.

If the material is not covered, the timescale dependens on the individual publisher. Some publishers will not grant permission for digitisation.

Can I undertake scanning myself?

Only library staff are designated as authorised to make copies under the Copyright Licensing Agency License and as such will take responsibility for compliance of the digitised copies they deal with and meeting the legal reporting requirements.

Academic staff can not digitise material and add PDFs directly to modules on Moodle.

How will my students access the digitised reading?

The digitised item will be available through the reading list.

It will have a coversheet with the required copyright notice attached and students will be able to read/print/download the item from the list.

If you have any further questions about the digitisation process, please check our Library Policies or contact the Library Reading Lists Team.


Any digitised material must go through this process. Library staff are authorised to make copies, CLA checks must be performed, and records of all digitisations must be kept and submitted to CLA each year.

Sharing Links to Lists

Whenever you want to share the link to your reading list, remember to share the permalink, not the link appearing in the address bar of the browser.

To get the permalink, you have to be logged in. You will already be logged in if you followed the link from Moodle. Otherwise, click on Guest and log in. Use your RGU usename and password. You can then search for your reading list using the module number.

Once logged in, locate the three dot icon.
Click the three dot icon and choose Permalink, then To List.


Use this link if you want to share the reading list homepage.