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LTHE - Library support for your teaching: Resources


We are here to work with you to ensure you have the resources you need for your teaching.

The information below highlights how the Library can help in three key areas:

‚Äč1) Book ordering

2) Subscription requests

3) Digital reading lists

1) Book ordering

Each academic College/Department appoints a Library Liaison Officer (LLO), who acts as the main contact between the College/Department and the Library. One of the LLO's main roles is to authorise and monitor book ordering and by the department. The LLO will be your main contact for requesting book orders. 

  • Send full details (author, title, edition, publisher, ISBN and price) to your Library Liaison Officer, who will then pass them on to our Resource Development team. 
  • Where possible we prefer to buy electronic versions of books to ensure that more people can use them, wherever and whenever they choose to. 
  • Please allow several weeks for books and other resources to arrive from the suppliers. 
  • Please be aware that rare or foreign books/DVDs or out of print items can take longer to arrive.
Practices for allocating budgets and resource ordering can vary from College to College. Please contact your LLO to find out the correct procedure in your College/Department.

2) Subscription requests

Subscriptions to journals, databases and other ongoing commitments are purchased via an institutional budget administered by the Library. Proposals for new subscriptions are welcomed from all teaching staff at the University.

Subscription resources have been subject to above inflation price increases over a number of years, meaning that there are significant budget pressures in this area. Therefore it will not always be possible to purchase all new requested resources and in some cases it may be necessary to cancel existing subscriptions in order to divert budget to new resources. All requests are scrutinised in terms of budgetary impact and added value they bring to the University.

How do I submit a request?


  • Complete the online request form.
  • You will be asked to provide information about the resource and a supporting case for purchase.
What happens once a request has been submitted?


  • Requests are added to a wishlist for consideration by the library.
  • Liaison librarians meet regularly to review requests.
  • Decisions on larger subscriptions may be held until later in the financial year when the overall financial picture is more precise.
When will I find out if my request was successful?


  • The Library will advise you in due course about whether or not your request was approved for purchase.
  • Approved resources will be added to Library Search once available.
  • Please be aware that if your request is successful there is often a delay between approval and access to a resource becoming available.
  • If proposals are approved, but funds are not currently available, the resources will remain on the wishlist and will be re-evaluated if funding is released.

We ask you to make a supporting case for your request, including comments from colleagues as appropriate.


We consider such information under two headings:

Educational impact and strategy, e.g. how does the resource contribute to the University’s educational strategy? How much impact will it have on current students?


Research impact and strategy, e.g. how does the resource contribute to the University’s research strategy? How will it contribute to current research?


Requests without sufficient supporting statements are unlikely to be successful.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your supporting statement prior to submitting a request.

Educational impact and strategy


Example One
The programme requires students to perform a number of individual and groups projects (undertaken in modules 101, 310, 420) in a wide range of areas. This resource will enable students to place their projects within the industry context and consider real world solutions, reinforcing the modules employability and transferable skills. This resource will be used extensively for the completion of summative assessments in the following modules: 350 and 360 by some 400 students. It will also be invaluable for our growing degree apprenticeship programme plans.
Example Two
This package of titles would be extremely useful for teaching across our undergraduate modules (600 students) and essential for the third year module in this area. It provides access to a large collection of current articles and book chapters critical to our teaching plans which have been remodelled to encompass this new area. Accessing a wider range of material for this purpose would be crucial and will enable more complex research issues and scenarios to be addressed as part of the research methodology module.


Research impact and strategy
Example One
This is a journal that the research team I work within regularly publish in and would like to be able to use more for our work. The lack of access to this journal provides significant challenges to our research. The international focus of material published in this resource would be an important addition to our resources. It would also be beneficial to new PhD students working in this area.  At the moment we are ‘plugging the gap’ via the inter library loan service but that is becoming unsustainable as our research team grows.
Example Two
With the recent global drive to understand the impact and interactions within this subject area, it is imperative that the University subscribes to this resource to enable researchers to keep up to date with the latest research. The resource will support newly expanding multidisciplinary research teams and new research opportunities, as we hope to utilise the material therein as part of a large HEFCE funded research project that we are considering bidding for. The current resources do not adequately cater for this specific subject area as it is a ‘new to Exeter’ research area.

3) Digital reading lists

The Library's reading list service is the best way to ensure that all required reading material is available and accessible to students. Our reading list team can turn your lists into an online digitised document which sits within  module ELE pages and links students directly to key readings. The team can:

  • Check that all reading materials are available
  • Arrange the material in the desired structure (core/recommended; weekly readings etc.)
  • Arrange any required copyright clearance for scanned content
  • Link students directly to any digital resources (ebooks, articles webpages etc.)

Digital reading lists help to acquaint students with library systems and the databases that they can use for independent searching.   

The Resource 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.  Email: / Penryn Campus Email

Find out more about the reading list service by accessing this guide.

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