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Reading List Guide: Introduction

Introduction to the Library's Reading List Service

Submission Dates

The University of Exeter has mandated that all taught modules must have a library managed Reading List. The Reading Lists Policy in the TQA Manual lays out expectations from both sides.

The deadlines for receiving lists in:

Term one lists is Friday 5th May 2023.
Term two and three lists is Friday 10th November 2023

Term one lists is Friday 10th May 2024.
Term two and three lists is Friday 8th November 2024

We can still receive lists after these dates but cannot guarantee they will be completed on time for the start of that teaching period.

The University uses third-party suppliers to enable free electronic access to desk copies of any titles appearing on the reading lists you have provided us with. To facilitate this process your University email address will be held with the supplier. If you have any queries relating to this process please contact

Introduction to the Reading List Service

The Library Reading List Team turn your reading lists from word documents into accessible online course resources using software called Talis Aspire. We put links to these Reading Lists on your ELE module pages so they are easy for students to find. 

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We support students and staff in getting the most out of the Library and the resources paid for by your departments. The library team manages the work of tracking down catalogue links and scanning chapters and articles. We are able to ensure copyright compliance and improve resource accessibility.  

Reading Lists can link to 

  • E-books and Journal articles 
  • Scanned chapters and articles from our print collection (where copyright allows) 
  • Records on the online library catalogue 
  • Websites, blogs, and news sites 
  • Videos and other media via platforms such as Box of Broadcasts, Kanopy, or Youtube.  

When we develop a Reading List we are able to check that the Library has sufficient access to the materials required. We will discuss options with you when necessary due to budgetary restraints or the inaccessibility of materials. Where appropriate, we will also obtain free electronic desk copies from Kortext of titles that appear on your reading list, that you can use in planning your teaching and assessment. We will always do our utmost to provide high quality access to the resources you and your students need.  

Reading Lists @ Exeter

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 18 trained members of staff. The reading list service is administered by Sue Abbott (Digital Library Manager) and Simon Foote (Taught Courses Support Coordinator).

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