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Reading List Guide: Providing easy access to resources for students

A quick introduction to the reading list service from the Library

Our Reading List Mandate and submission dates

The University of Exeter has a mandate which means all taught modules should have a Library created Reading List in ELE or the appropriate software. The Reading Lists Policy in the TQA Manual lays out what this means from both sides.

If you want to ensure your Term Two reading list is ready for the start of the academic year we need to receive it ideally by the end of November 2020.  We can accept a partial list and you can send edits later. We are extremely busy at the moment with a very large workload but we will endeavour to get your list completed as soon as possible.

Contact Us to Submit a Reading List


The Reading List Team will do all the work of creating the online list, scanning chapters and articles plus making it available via ELE - all we need from you is your reading list as a word document and enough time to complete the work.

For modules taught at Exeter email:

For modules taught at Penryn email:

Who are We?


In 2012 we started a reading list service that was a basic digital replacement for photocopies held in our ‘High Demand’ collection. Since 2012 we have expanded and developed the service and as of 2019-20 we are doing around 1,500 lists using Talis Aspire software embedded by LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) into ELE and all created alongside other library services by 15 trained Information Assistants. The reading list service is administered by Sue Abbott (Digital Library Manager) and Simon Foote (Taught Courses Support Coordinator).


Welcome to the University of Exeter reading list service. This guide is designed to be a quick introduction to the reading list service from the Library.  We think it is more important than ever to give students simple and easy access to the resources they need for study,  that way they get the most out of the Library, the resources your department has paid for and it will help improve their academic performance. 

To help achieve this we can turn your reading list into an online digitised document which links to the key reading you want your students to access. This can include quick web links to:

  • Full E-books and online text articles
  • Scanned chapters and articles from our print collection (where legal and if we can access the print material to produce the scan)
  • Links to the full records on our Catalogue
  • Websites
  • Video clips and full programmes via Box of Broadcasts or You Tube (where legal)

Each time we develop a reading list on ELE we’ll also check to see if the Library has enough access to the most heavily used items for your module and contact you if it is not in our collection. Then we will put the list up so it can be accessed via your module on ELE. 

Current Situation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Staff

  • Limited access to print collections
  • Purchase of print material for the Library is suspended until further notice
  • We are only purchasing digital material for library stock. Please ensure that ALL items on a reading list can be accessed by your students online. We will double check items for you but anything we can't purchase or source as a digital copy cannot be included on a reading list.


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