Reading lists

Reading lists

How to order books, ebooks and DVDs for addition to your reading lists

Submit your resource list through Leganto, our in house reading list system. It allows lecturers to create structured, annotated resource lists that contain a wide variety of different resource types. They can easily collaborate with academic colleagues and library staff to create, update and maintain lists. Resource Lists will be integrated with GCULearn to provide students with easy access to course materials through a single, intuitive user interface. You can find our guide on creating your own reading lists in Leganto here.

If you would like to know more about how to use resource lists or to enquire about training, please contact the team at readinglists@gcu.ac.uk 

Alternatively, email readinglists@gcu.ac.uk with a list of resources needed. Be sure to include the module name and code and student numbers attached. 

Submit your lists well in advance of the new trimester to ensure that your material is available for the start of term. Ebooks can be available for use within seven days, print books can take a minimum of three weeks.

Resend your current reading lists (even if there are no changes) this will confirm your reading lists are still active. We will check for new editions and ebooks to update your list. Even if an item is already in the library please let us know you are using it in your module as this affects our purchasing decisions.

There are three types of reading list resources:

Essential reading - resources that the students are directed to read. You can find resources using links in GCU Learn, lists in module handbooks or in Discover

Recommended reading - additional resources that complement the essential reading.

Further reading - resources you may recommend to students to further their understanding of a subject. 

Purchasing decisions will be made based on the type of reading list resource selected by the lecturer. All library stock items have a two week loan period. 

The library will:

  • help you choose material or update your lists - go to selecting and ordering ebooks or contact your librarian for more detailed information
  • help you take existing resources (like Open Textbooks) and develop them in ways that suit your needs - contact copyright@gcu.ac.uk
  • monitor demand and purchase additional print copies where necessary
  • replace lost or missing reading list items
  • make one copy reference only (for use only in the library) for high demand texts

The library will not:

  • buy reading list texts unless they are submitted to the library
  • normally order new editions unless they are on a new or resubmitted list
Adding reading lists to GCULearn

A direct link to your Resource List will be made available in GCULearn. If the list does not load in correctly, contact the Reading List Team (readinglists@gcu.ac.uk) for help and advice.