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Academic Staff Guides: Reading lists

Staff guides on utilising Library services, support, and resources

ACTION REQUIRED: Unpublished 23/24 lists

The reading list system was 'rolled over' for the 2023/24 academic year in June. This process made a new copy of each previously published 2022/23 reading list for use during 2023/24.

If you are a list owner then in order for students to see the list you must republish the 23/24 list, even if you have made no edits.

Publish the list by clicking the ‘Publish’ button.

The 2022/23 reading lists will also continue to be visible until September 2023, at which point they will be archived. 

If you need any support or advice with your reading list(s), contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Getting started

The reading lists system, Talis, is a list of core reading (required, or mandatory reading), or additional reading for your module, or programme. Talis is your way of ordering books, e-books, DVDs and other resources for your students for teaching purposes.

Although they are called 'reading lists', you list may contain a variety of sources including videos, web links, images, as well as links to books, ebooks and journal articles.

Reading lists will be available online, accessed through WebLearn, or directly on

You can access the materials on your reading lists from the Library. 

They're a key way of encouraging engagement with resources as they let students plan their study with access to required module reading and can link to electronic resources and live library catalogue records.

Take a look at our short videos which give you an overview of the key processes involved in creating and managing your reading lists.

Why update your lists

Your reading list determines what we order and how many copies we buy for your students.

Each term, we'll email you to remind you to update your reading lists. You need to:

  1. Check: go to Talis and check the resources on your currently published list
  2. Edit: add new resources and remove out-of-date ones. Set the importance: is it Core, or Additional reading?
  3. Publish: make your list live, so that we know what items we need to order.

We’ll process every list you publish. The earlier you publish your list, the better the chance we have of delivering your resources for the beginning of term and we'll tell you if there's anything we're unable to buy. 

During our peak ordering period: we’ll review lists in the order they arrive but delivery time may be longer.

Link to Talis

Image of a list on Talis

Support on using your reading lists

For further guidance on making the best use of online reading lists and Library resources, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Group of Academic Librarians