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The Reading List team create and maintain electronic versions of class reading lists on behalf of Academic staff.

Library Reading List Service

You should send your Reading Lists to the Library as soon as they are ready; preferably no later than 6 weeks before you require the texts.

We create and maintain electronic versions of class reading lists on behalf of Academic staff. Staff and students can then view lists in SUPrimo and Myplace.

On receipt of a reading list Library staff will review all recommended titles. We will take the following criteria into account:

  • Size of class
  • Importance of title
  • Number of copies available
  • Item borrowing statistics

The Reading List team will assign appropriate locations (eg Short Loan Collection or Main Library Collection). Purchases will normally be charged to the relevant departmental library book allocation.

Please note Serial subscriptions are reviewed annually at Faculty level. The Reading List team cannot purchase Serials nor add them to the electronic reading lists. We are only able to add Library print and ebooks to your reading list(s).

Viewing Reading Lists

You can view all reading lists online in SUPrimo (the Library catalogue) and in Myplace.

Select the 'Course material' tab and search for your class code:

Using SUPrimo to search for course reading lists. Select the 'course material' tab and search for the class code, for example MM101.

Select the 'Reading list' link in the Library Links box:

The link to your Reading List is in the Library Links box in Myplace.

Adding/Updating a reading list

Email your new reading lists to

Please include the importance level of each title, choosing from the following:

  • Core
  • Recommended
  • Further Reading.

If you do not give an importance level we will assume the text is for Further Reading.

If the reading list already exists in SUPrimo/Myplace please email details of the changes you wish to make, eg new titles to add and old titles to remove.

Good Practice in Reading List Design

Reading lists are a vital resource and you can take some simple steps to improve student satisfaction. Lists should be:

  • Accurate
  • Up to date with the most recent edition specified
  • Clearly laid out and readings prioritised
  • Accessible – favour ebook titles wherever possible if your class is large or Distance Learning

Contact us

Reading List enquiries
General Library enquiries