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IOE Staff Guide to Library & Archives: Reading lists

Reading Lists

ReadingLists@UCL is an online service that gives students easy access to materials on their reading lists wherever they are.

Reading Lists can be updated instantly and "rolled-over" year on year.

The service is supported by Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), part of UCL Library Services. 

Support for Institute of Education Staff

We are able to offer bespoke support to members of staff at the Institute of Education. This can range from group training to one-to-one support and we can provide this on-site at the Institute of Education. Get in touch via to find out more.

In addition, the TLS Office (Room 318) in Senate House offers "drop in" support sessions every Wednesday afternoon between 2:30 and 4:30pm. You could walk away with a new list set up and ready to go, get guidance on how to link to non-standard resources, or find out how to embed reading lists in Moodle.

Here at the Institute of Education Library, we are able to offer support in setting up new reading lists as well as information and advice on managing existing lists. 

Please send your reading list and additions to last's year's list to at least 6 weeks before the start of the course.

Checking a reading list requires time, so it's best to get your new lists to us as early as possible. 

Please include the following information with your reading lists requests:

1. Name and code of the module and your department.

2. When the module will start and finish.

2. An indication of whether a reading is essential or recommended.

3. Number of students enrolled (an estimate is fine if the module has not yet started).

4. Mode of delivery (face-to-face or online).

Upon reciept, we will:

1. Add your list to ReadingLists@UCL.

2. Order books and resources appropriate to the size of the module.

3. Digitise essential readings and renew your digitisation licenses every year.

5. Automatically roll your reading lists over to the next academic year.

We will calculate how many print copies of an item on a reading list to purchase dependent on:

  • Whether an item is listed as "essential" or "recommended".
  • Whether an item is available electronically.
  • The number of registered students on the module.
  • How the teaching will be delivered (face-to-face, online, etc.).

We can also digitise any required readings or book chapters, although for copyright reasons we cannot digitise an entire book.

We will monitor circulation of items on reading lists on a regular basis and we will buy additional copies (paper or electronic) if demand is high.

If enrollment on a module rises drastically, please let us know at so that we can be sure there are enough copies available.

If you wish to add a new book to your existing reading list, complete the Book Suggestion Form at - you will be able to include information on the course and number of students when you make your request.

Click on the links below for further guidance on navigating and maintaining your list:

Guide Link to the guide
Quick guide to navigating and managing your list.
Guides to Reading Lists @ UCL.
How to link from Moodle to your reading list.
Add readings into your reading list from the UCL Explore Library Catalogue.