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Reading lists

What will the Library do?

The Library will:

  • Check it has the items on your reading list in stock.  If items are not held they will be ordered as print or ebooks depending on availability and best value for money. If you have specified a chapter as the reading the Library will just endeavour to supply the chapter if the book is not already in stock.
  • Generate an interactive online reading list that is available within the appropriate SOL module.  From this list, students can see and manage their reading via the list, link to ebooks, online articles, websites or find out how many print items are currently in the library and where they are located.
  • Scan selected chapters so all students can access the reading - this is only done where licensing for scans has permitted this and is restricted in terms of the amount that can be scanned per book per module.
  • Link to journal articles where the journal is subscribed to and investigate options for obtaining articles not already held in consultation with you.
  • Make the reading list visible once created within SOL.
  • Let you know when the list is available so you can check and request any alterations.

Please see the sections below for further guidance on library policies around purchasing reading list material.

Reading lists are publicly available once published.

email If you have a reading list you would like added to your SOL module, please send it to your Information Librarian or the Reading Lists team at

Help the library get your list on SOL as quickly as possible

In order to have your reading list on your SOL module ready for the start of teaching please remember:

  • The Library receives a high volume of reading lists to add to SOL modules during the run up to each teaching period - get your list in as early as possible to help ensure it is added in time!
  • Print books can take a while to be ordered, received and added to shelves so give the Library plenty of time to source material and make it available.
  • Requests for scanned chapters will take additional time so sending lists in as early as possible will help.
  • Some chapters may need to be ordered as scanned documents if the item is not already held by the Library so please allow time for this.

However, we are aware that teaching allocations are not always finalised early so please just send your lists in once you are able to and the Library will process it as soon as possible.

Book purchasing policy 2022-23

In order to support hybrid and online learning, and to ensure the Library can purchase the ebooks which are most important on each module, please prioritise items on your reading list into Essential and Further reading

Items not already in stock in the Library will be purchased based on these criteria:

Essential reading:

  • Up to a maximum of 6 ebook titles can be purchased to add as essential reading for your module.
  • Ebook purchases of an essential reading text are dependent on the cost being acceptable and the access licence available being sufficient to meet anticipated usage levels.
  • You can also request scanned chapters from a book (where the title is covered by the Copyright Licensing Agency scanning licence and the request complies with the scanning allowance), journal articles and open access content to be added as essential readings for your module.  This will enable access to focussed, essential reading without the need to purchase entire texts.  If the book is not already held in the Library, only the chapter will be supplied (where licences allow).
  • In exceptional cases, where no ebook version of an essential text is available the Library will consider purchasing a print copy or copies. This will require discussion with the Information Librarian who is the academic liaison contact for your area.
  • Please consult the library catalogue to see what ebooks the Library already holds when creating your reading lists.

Further reading:

  • The Library will endeavour to purchase an ebook copy of a further reading text not already available via the Library where it is available at a suitable access licence level and up to a purchase price limit of £100.
  • Please consider specifying further readings as a specific chapter from a book (which we may be able to supply as a scanned document) or electronic journal articles as well as open access content.  This will facilitate access to a broad range of further reading content without the need to purchase entire texts.   If the book is not already held in the Library just the chapter will be supplied (where licences allow).
  • Where the Library already has a print copy or copies of a further reading text we will not purchase an ebook copy in addition.
  • Where no ebook version of a further reading text is available, the Library will endeavour to purchase a print copy. 
  • When identifying further reading, please consider what students will find both useful and manageable as a reading list.  

Scanning of sections within a print book

If you specify essential chapters for your students to read, the Library will:

  • Check to see if the book is already held as an ebook and link to this if so.
  • If no ebook is held but a print copy is, the Library will check to see if there is permission to scan from the book via the Copyright Licensing Agency's (CLA) permission checker.
  • If permission to scan has been granted, one chapter (or up to 10%) of the book can be scanned - per module code.
  • If a print copy is not held in the Library a copyright-cleared version of the chapter will be obtained if available; if not the library will attempt to purchase a print copy from which to scan.
  • If no permission to scan from the print book has been granted - and there is no ebook available within acceptable cost and license restrictions - the Library will advise you of this to see if you wish to alter the reading or encourage students to access any print copies themselves as appropriate.