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Academic Staff Guide to Library and Learning Resources: Managing your resources

This guide is for new and existing academic staff to discover how Library and Learning Resources can help them, and therefore their students, in their work.


You've planned your modules, selected the readings for your students - here's how your librarians can work with you and ensure that the material your students will need will be available - just when they need it.

Reading Lists Online (RebusList)


It’s one of the easiest software packages I’ve had to learn to use and it looks really good when you add all the tags and notes that are possible, the students should find it easy to use too”.

Julie Hall, Senior Lecturer, Radiography

Reading Lists Online allows Academic staff to locate, use, create, and manage reading lists for their students.  Students can find lists easily with a single search that gives results for matching lecturer, Faculties and Schools.

We upgraded the system in June 2017 and have produced a printed guide  to help you, so click on the appropriate tab to get started!

The new version of Reading Lists Online was introduced in June 2017.

We are undertaking training sessions, so please contact your Librarian for details.

A brief printed guide is available - click the link below


The new version Of Reading Lists Online was introduced in June 2017.

A brief printed guide is available - click the link below


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Collection management policy

Requesting material for inclusion in the Library

1. Using Reading Lists Online

If the book or journal you want isn’t in stock just use the button to add the details and then click on the ‘Request copy’ button  and a notification is sent to your librarian automatically.

2. Using the online book request form

Just go to and complete the online form. Let us know the module code and how many copies you want.

3. Email us

Email your Collection Management Librarian, let them know the module details, whether it is Purchase, Essential, Recommended or Background and we will order the item and let you know when it is available.

4. Involve us early on when you are planning a new module

We are always happy to talk about what you need for new modules, how they will sit with existing modules and what new resources you will need – this helps us to manage the budget and ensure materials are available when the module starts.


PERB is the system the University uses to structure reading lists. It stands for Purchase, Essential, Recommended and Background, and each item on a reading list is placed under one of these categories.

Using this system helps Library and Learning Resources prioritise its spending and ensures the correct proportion of books are acquired to support your teaching.

Please email your Collection Management Librarian (details available through the subject Libguides), if you want to know more about the PERB system.

Digital Library

The Digital Library is the electronic repository where you can have old exam papers, journal articles and book chapters uploaded so that you can link to them from your Moodle pages and your students can access them on or off campus.

It is important to note the only electronic / scanned items that can be held in Moodle by tutors or students is material they have created and own themselves. Any other published material being held on Moodle may not comply with copyright unless permission has been granted.Using the digital library to digitise articles and chapters ensure that they are compliant with copyright legislation, click here for more information

If you want anything uploaded, please contact your Collection Management Librarian - details on your subject Libguide

Contact us

You can contact the library service in a range of  ways - in person, by email or by phone

Contact details for the Librarians supporting your courses are found on the subject Libguides