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Leganto Reading Lists

What is Leganto?

Leganto is the University Library’s system for creating and managing reading lists. The lists are available to your students via Canvas. You can access Leganto Reading Lists directly at

It’s more important than ever that students can access Library resources away from the University campuses. Please select electronic resources, rather than printed ones, as Essential texts wherever possible this academic year. The Library can support you as you build new accessible reading lists by contacting us at

We also strongly recommend you use resources effectively within copyright regulations. For full guidance see – the Copyright page.  

Suggesting new books & resources

Requests for new books and resources should ideally be made during the window that opens for updating modules. This will enable the Library to obtain the resource in time for teaching in the following Semester.

To request a new resource, add the book, article, chapter etc. to your Leganto reading list and click “Send”. If you have any queries please contact us at

We know that publishers often contact academics directly offering new resources. We recommend that you contact your Liaison Librarian ( in the first instance.  Should you wish, we can arrange trials, sort out authentication issues, and help with evaluations.

Policies and Guides 

Before you start preparing your reading lists, please take a look at our:

Leganto User Guide

View the tabs below, or download the Leganto User Guide (pdf)

* For the best experience we recommend that you use Google Chrome browser.

Access Leganto by going to and log-in with your usual staff login details (Staff ID or email and IT password).

After logging into Leganto, you can access all the reading lists you manage by clicking on ‘Lists’ in the left-hand menu.

Please check that the list header, module code and module title is correct and inform the Leganto team if anything needs amending (email:

You can also access a list by going to the relevant Canvas module.

The ‘Add to Leganto’ widget will allow you to quickly add resources to your reading list from websites such as Amazon, Google Books and YouTube.

Within Leganto, click on your name (top right-hand side), then from the menu displayed, click on ‘Add to Leganto’

When the pop up screen opens, drag and drop the blue ‘Add to Leganto’ widget to your *browser’s bookmarks*.

*If you cannot see the bookmarks bar and are using Google Chrome click CTRL + SHIFT + B

View the Panopto video guide for adding items to your reading list.

View the Panopto video guide for adding tags and notes


There are a number of ways to add content to your reading list. First, open the list you want to add item(s) to.

Adding items (e.g. books or articles) via Library Catalogue (LibrarySearch)

  • Click the blue plus sign at the top of your list.
  • On the right-hand side use the ‘Search’ tab to look for your resources by Title, ISBN, Author or Keyword.
  • Click from the search results, on the item you want to add.
  • Ensure that ‘Add to List’ is selected, then choose the section (e.g. books).
  • Click ‘Add’, the item will now appear in your reading list.
  • Alternatively once you have located the item, you can drag it into the relevant section, e.g. books, journal articles etc.

*If there is an electronic version of the book's latest edition, please add this in the first instance.


Adding items not available via LibrarySearch

  • First ensure you have added the ‘Add to Leganto’ widget to your browser’s bookmark bar
  • You can add items using the widget when browsing websites such as Amazon, WorldCat or Google Books.
  • Find the book details page. Click the ‘Add to Leganto’ widget from the browser bookmark bar.
  • Then, from the ‘Add to’ menu at the bottom of the window, select the reading list and the correct section (i.e. books, websites etc...), then click ‘Add & Close’.
  • Once the reading list is sent to the library, the items will be checked and copies ordered as appropriate.


Adding a web page

  • Go to the website that you want to link to. Click on the ‘Add to Leganto’ widget from your browser bookmark bar. Check the information displayed for completeness.
  • Where it says ‘Type: Other’ use the drop down menu to select ‘Website’.
  • Then, from the ‘Add to’ menu at the bottom of the window, select the reading list and the correct section (i.e. websites), then click ‘Add & Close’.


Digitisation of items

Requests for digitised extracts of book chapters or journal articles that are not available electronically from library stock, will now be requested via Leganto.

Please manually add the details of the article or chapter using the ‘Create’ option (see above), adding in page numbers and chapter details. When you have completed your digitisation requests, add a tag (either ‘Essential’ or ‘Further Reading’) and then click on the ‘Send List’ button near the top of the screen.

Once digitised, the item will be placed on your Reading List.


Deleting items

  • If you want to delete an item from your reading list, click the ellipsis menu … to the right of the item you want to delete.
  • From the bottom of the menu, click ‘Delete Item’ and confirm that you would like the item deleted.


Collection is an area where you can save items and add them to your reading lists at a later date.

The process of adding items to ‘Collection’  is the same as adding items to your reading list except choose ‘Add to: Collection’ rather than list.

To move the items from ‘Collection’ to a reading list; first open up the reading list you are working on.

Click the blue plus sign, then select ‘Collection’ tab from the right-hand window.

Click on the item, then drag and drop into place.

Alternatively click on the item, select a section from the menu (i.e. books, websites) and click ‘Add’.

View the Panopto video guide for organising your lists


Adding sections to your reading lists

In most cases, reading lists will already have been populated by the library with your books and websites. But you may wish to add additional sections to your reading list.  For example, you may want to add a section for journal articles or perhaps divide your list into weekly readings or arrange by theme.

To do this; open your reading list, click on ‘New section’, near the top of the window. This will prompt you to name your new section and add a short description. 

Click ‘Create’, your section header will be added to the bottom of your reading list.


Moving items within your list

Items in your reading list can be moved around by dragging and dropping. To drag and drop items, hover over the item until the blue edge bar displays. Click on the blue bar and drag into the desired location.


Moving sections within your list

To move all items within a section at once, first collapse the section by clicking on
‘Toggle Section View’ (e.g. icon that resembles button point list, near the top of the screen)

Then hover over the section title until the blue edge bar displays. Click on the blue bar and drag into the desired location.


Adding Additional Information to an item


Adding due dates

If you wish to specify a date by which you want students to have interacted with an item on your reading list, do this by first clicking the item in your list.

This will bring up the edit window. Use the calendar icon to set your required due date, and close the edit screen. The due date will now appear on the item in your reading list.

Adding public notes

This edit window is also where you can add notes about the resource you wish your students to view. For example direct them to read a particular chapter of the book.

To do this; scroll down and add text on the ‘public note’ section of the record, then click ‘Save’.

* Notes in the Public Note field will be visible to students.
* Notes entered in the Private note will only be visible to yourself



To allow colleagues to be able to edit your reading list, you must first give them permission to edit.

If the search panel is showing in the right-hand window, first close the window by clicking the blue 'X' to show the window displaying ‘Collaborators’, ‘Instructors’ and ‘Library Discussion’.

Click on ‘Collaborators’ and then click ‘Manage Collaborators’.

Search for the name of your colleague, and then click ‘Send Invitation’. You can also decide whether you want them to be a manager or an editor of the list.Click on ‘Collaborators’ and then click ‘Manage Collaborators’.

To remove a collaborator from the reading list, go to the ‘Collaborators’ > ‘Manage collaborators’ (as above) and click on the grey X by the collaborator you wish to remove.

Prioritising Items (Adding tags)

Any item you have in your reading list must be tagged with either ‘Essential reading’, ‘Further reading’ or 'Topical Reading'. This will allow the library to ensure that it has sufficient stock and determine purchasing for the library. The library will decline a reading list if it is missing any tags.

The ‘Topical Reading’ tag can be selected for items that you wish to add to your reading list that may be of current relevance. (Topical Reading items must have no additional cost to the library. For example items already in library stock or available as an open access resource).

To add a tag, select your Reading List, then for each item, click ‘Add Tags to Item’.

Click in the box ‘Add tags to item’ and assign one of the tags to your item, then click ‘Save’.

*Remember reading list policy states that you can tag up to a maximum of 5 essential reading items and up to a maximum of 25 further reading items per module


Library Discussion

If you require assistance, or want to discuss an added item, you can contact us through the library discussion section.

If the right-hand side search window is showing, first close the window by clicking the blue 'X' to show the window displaying ‘Collaborators’, ‘Instructors’ and ‘Library Discussion’.

Under ‘Library discussion’, send the Library a message.

The Library will also use this section to respond to your query. Any comments in Library Discussion will be flagged in the ‘Notification’ section, on the left-hand menu of your reading list.


Sending your list to the Library

Once you have completed your reading list, click on the ‘Send List’ button near the top of the screen. This will notify the library that you are ready for the updated reading list to be verified and any new books ordered as appropriate.

If once you have sent it you need to make any alterations, you can make your changes and click the ‘Send List’ button again.

For any books where there is a later edition available for the item you have selected, Library staff will automatically update to this. Therefore, if you for any reason wish to specify an older edition or have any other special requirements (i.e. an out of print title), either add a ‘Public Note’, which will be visible to students, or use the ‘Library Discussion’ where only the library will be able to see your note.

If there are any problems with your list, we will contact you before it goes ‘Live’ to your students. 





During the new MST proposal process, you are asked to specify whether you require any Library resources for the module you are proposing. If you indicate you do require Library resources, a new ‘Enter resources via LEGANTO’ will appear – see below.

Clicking on this will then create the Reading List Header (if it doesn’t exist and with ‘[Proposed]’ in the Title) and open Leganto for that list – see below.

The 'Proposed' prefix will only disappear from the title once the module is running in the relevant academic year.

Rollover FAQs

Towards the end of each academic year your reading list will be “rolled over”. That is, we make a copy of the list and it becomes the list for the coming year. The old list will be archived but still accessible to you and your students for reference.

Go to your Leganto Lists at

Update your list between July 1st and August 31st. By updating during this window you give the Library enough time to get the resources you want in place. You can still update your list after the end of August, but the Library can’t guarantee resources will be ready for the start of Semester 1. When you’ve made your changes, click Send List.

If you’ve already updated your list and you don’t want to make any more changes, click Send List

If you don’t want to update your list, click Send List.

When you click Send List we run checks and obtain the resources. Then we’ll publish the list in time for the new semester.

If you are the taking over a module and you can’t see the reading list under your Lists in Leganto, please contact your Faculty administrators and ask them to make you the new module leader in SITS. When this is done, you’ll see the list.

Go to the Canvas module for 2019/20. The link to that year’s reading list will be in the left-hand panel.

Module leaders or collaborators will also see their reading lists from last year in their Lists section by accessing Leganto directly, via


Yes, the links will continue to work.

The permalink will take you to the 2019 list.

General FAQs

How do I access Leganto? or via the relevant Canvas course

Can I see the reading lists of modules that I'm not associated with?

Unfortunately, no. An academic can only see a module reading list if:

  • they are the module leader
  • they’ve been added as a collaborator
  • they’ve been added to the Canvas course.

Can students have access to the forthcoming year’s reading lists – in order to do some pre-reading?

Yes, LibrarySearch will find the books on a current year’s reading list if the list has been published in Leganto.  Just put the module code in the search box. Note: the search will find only books on a list, not articles, websites etc.

Can students get access to their Leganto lists without going via Canvas?

 No, I’m afraid not - access is only via Canvas.

View the Panopto video guide for adding tags and notes


What are tags?

Tags are simply the labels “Essential Reading”, “Further Reading” and “Topical Reading”.


Why do I need to tag every citation in Leganto? 

Giving every citation a tag is important –  the tags do two jobs: they guide students’ reading and they indicate to the Library how many copies are needed.  


How do I tag items in Leganto?

Each citation on your reading list will have the option to ‘Add tags to item’ - click on this to select from the available tag headings. (It’s not possible to create your own tag headings).

  • Essential Reading – essential to the course, all students will need to use this text
  • Further Reading – supplementary texts, students are encouraged to use these texts
  • Topical Reading – additional texts which are suggested for background reading

You don’t need to worry about the number of copies or what format they will be in as our reading list team will do that for you. Books are purchased in accordance with the Library's Collections policy. The Library will buy multiple copies of an item designated as Essential reading. Usually only one copy will be purchased of items designated as Further reading; whereas we would not buy copies of items designated as Topical Reading. 

Where possible, the Library will seek to provide electronic access to specified book chapters in a reading list.



I have three journal articles per week on my list - over one semester this is 36 articles. This is more than the 25 "Further reading" limit. Can I do this? 

Provided the articles are either part of our library subscriptions or openly accessible online, you would be able to tag them as Topical Reading and continue to include them on your reading list. There is no limit to how many topical items you may include, although the total amount of reading should be realistic for your students to manage.  


What happens if I don't review my Leganto lists? 

If you don’t review a list, it will simply be published as it is. 


Can list a book that's not in the library and suggest that students buy a copy for themselves? 

Yes, you can list books that are not in the Library and then add a note to the citation if you want students to purchase the book for themselves. But the library will check each new citation, and depending on how it is tagged (Essential, Further, Topical), will make a purchasing decision. 


I have websites that are important, but I don’t want to tag them as some of my 5 ‘Essential Reading’ items -  for example, the referencing website Cite Them Right.

We suggest that you create a new section and give it an appropriate title and description, which indicates its value to your students.  For example, a section for referencing resources, might be called Essential Referencing Guides.


How do I create a new section in my list? 

If you would like to change the way your list is broken up into sections, simply click the ‘New Section’ button near the top of the window. This will prompt you to name your new section and add a short description. Once done, you can drag and drop items between sections or add new items to the section as normal.  


I want to re-arrange the sections of my list - how do I do this?  

Click on the second icon at the top of the list, showing three bullet-pointed lines. This will collapse or expand the sections. Hover over the section you want to move, then use the blue slider on the right to move it.  


How do I delete citations from my list? 

Click on the three dots to the right-hand side of the item. A menu will appear with ‘Delete item’ at the bottom of the list. Click this button and then confirm that you would like to delete the citation. 


How do create a link to a list, a section or specific citation? 

Click on the ellipsis menu at the top of the page (for the whole reading list) or to the left of a section or citation.  Select “PermalinkCopy and paste the link into another source, such as lecture notes or an email message. 


How do I add dates to indicate when my students should be reading the material? 

Click into the item and complete the ‘Due Date’ field. This will place a ‘Due’ marker next to the title of the item, accompanied by the date you have entered. 


How do I add a description to my reading list? 

Click the “Do not edit button at the very top of the page, to the right of the reading list title. This will allow you to edit the description. Please, do not edit anything else. 


Will there be an icon on the desktop for academics to access Leganto directly? 

We are not planning to have a dedicated desktop icon for Leganto at this stage, however academics can create their own desktop shortcut to if they wish. 


How do I collaborate and share lists with colleagues? 

When you open a reading list in Leganto, the Collaborators option appears on the right-hand side. Selecting this reveals the Manage collaborators link where you can search for colleagues by their name or university email address, and then send them an invitation. Collaborators will be able to edit your list and add items as required. Details of any changes that are made will be logged in the Notifications area on the main Leganto menu. 

How do I add new items to my list? 

There are four ways to add new items to a reading list.  


  • Use the + button at the top of the listsearch the library catalogue and add items from the catalogue to your list. 
  • Use the “Add to Leganto” button to add items from sources such as Amazon or Youtube. (Find it under your name, top right, and drag it to your bookmarks bar)  
  • Use + button to see the Create tab and manually add the author and title details.  
  • Add an item from the My Collection area of your Leganto account 


How do I add journal articles to my list? 

You can add journal articles in the same way you add anything else to your list. To search for articles in the catalogue, use the drop-down menu to select ‘Articles and more’ and continue to search as normal. To add complete Journals, use the drop-down search menu and select ‘Journals’.  


Which edition of a book should I add to my list? 

Where possible please add the most recent edition of a book to your reading list, unless there are pedagogical reasons for wanting your students to use information from earlier editions. If you do specifically wish to use an older edition, please flag this with us using the Library Discussion area of Leganto 


Should I add the print book or the ebook to my list?  
Please select the electronic version of the resource where available – this is important in order to increase student access to the text, especially for those with additional needs. 


I've added a new book to the list - how do I know if the library will buy it?  

If the item has been added during the update window, the library will decide to purchase it depending on whether it is Essential or Further reading. 


If I add a new book to my list, how long will it take before the library has it? 

If you add a new book to your list during the update window, and the book is in print and available, we will do our best to have it by the start of the new semester.  


I've added new books to my module which starts early, before Semester 1.  Will they be available in the library by then? 

If you have a module that starts before the main Semester starts, please update and send your Leganto lists early in the summer – this will give us time to obtain the items. 


Can I add new citations outside the update windows? 
Yes, you can, but the Library asks you to tag these items Topical reading.   


If I add a book and then a new edition is subsequently published, will Leganto show the new edition in my list? 

The Library team only checks for new editions of items that are newly added to your list.  So re-add the book to your list, and click the Send button again. The new edition will be identified and purchased if it’s tagged Essential or Further reading. 


Can I search by DOI in order to add journal articles? 

There isn’t a specific DOI search field within Leganto - the main fields supported are author, title, keyword, ISBN and ISSN.  It is however possible to insert a DOI into the simple search box within the Search tab under Add items. Leganto will try to match the DOI with details on the LibrarySearch catalogue.  Please note that LibrarySearch does not always record the DOI for every article, so it may be better to search using other criteria.  


How do I add the “Add it to Leganto”  button, so that I can add resources from Amazon or YouTube or other online resources? 
The Add to Leganto button can be installed by clicking on your name in the top right corner of the Leganto dashboard and then selecting Add to Leganto. A pop-up window should appear showing a blue Add to Leganto button which you can then drag onto your bookmarks bar. Once in place, this button allows you to add general web resources directly into your reading lists, for example Youtube videos or book details on Amazon. 

If I’m using LibrarySearch directly, is there a way to add a resource to my Leganto reading list? 

Yes, use the Add to Leganto button, which you can install on your favourites bar. 

I’m module leader for a 120 credit module.  I need more than 5 essential items on the reading list. 

Tag all your items and send the list. A librarian will contact you to discuss your list if necessary.

What is Collection? 

The ‘Collection’ area is a personal store of the resources. You can drag items from ‘My Collection’ to a reading list and vice versa. 


What kind of items can I put in Collection? 

Any items that can be added to a reading list can be added to your collection. This includes books, e-books, journals, links to videos, articles etc. 


Will RefWorks work with Leganto? 

Yes, it will.  You can export a whole list or the section of a list by clicking on the ellipsis at the top of the reading list or to the right of the section title. Choose RIS File from the dropdown list. The list will be downloaded as an RIS file. Open your RefWorks account and upload the RIS file. 


What does Draft at the top of the list mean? 

This means that the academic is currently working on the reading list and the list has not yet been sent to the library for processing. The list is not visible to students. 


What does Published mean at the top of the list? 

It means that the list is available for students to view.  


What does Complete” mean beneath a citation? 

This means that a citation has been checked and confirmed as being available, either as part of the physical library stock or electronically. 


Will items in students’ Collection persist from year to year? 

Yes, they will. 

How does Leganto link up with e:Vision? 

Leganto draws upon e:Vision and SITS for module administration information. When validating modules via e:Vision, after selecting the option marking that the module requires a reading list, a reading list will be automatically created within Leganto 


A lot of the data that was migrated from e-Vision to Leganto is no use because lecturers are making big changes to the reading lists. What should we do? 

It is important that any intended major changes to reading lists are reflected in Leganto, so lecturers should check and amend the migrated information rather than creating new lists from scratch – this will ensure that the correct module associations are retained. Lecturers will be able to make wholesale changes within an existing list if necessary, including deleting sections and citations that are no longer required. 



How do I update my reading list via e:Vision? 

Leganto replaces e:Vision as the place where you will update your reading lists. If you go into e:Vision and try to access the resources section of your module guide, you will be redirected to Leganto 


What will happen to the module reading lists in e:Vision? 

The module reading lists in e:Vision will be replaced by the Leganto lists. Going forward, when attempting to access your module reading list through e:Vision, you will be taken directly to Leganto. 


How can I check that Leganto has included all the citations that were on my e:Vision lists? 

We have transferred from e:Vision to Leganto books that are in stock in the Library, and valid websites. Journal information was not able to be included. Please refer to your 2018-19 module guides in Canvas to check your original e:Vision lists. These will be viewable until 5th August. 


Some of the books listed in my module's e:Vision reading list have not appeared in the Leganto list - why is this? 

Books that are not in the library catalogue (LibrarySearch) have not been included in Leganto. You can add them to your Leganto list however, and the library will try to source them. 

I want to check which items appeared on the e:vision reading list - how do I do this?We'd recommend that you download the module guide from the Canvas course and save it. The module guide includes the reading list that appeared in e:Vision. These guides will be viewable until the 5th August. 


How do I link a list to an associated module? 

This should have been done automatically as part of the migration process. If your list is not associated to a module, or the details are incorrect, please contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian or email 


How do I create a new list for module? 

All your reading lists should already be created for your modules. If you need assistance setting up a new reading list, please contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian. 


Will module leaders be able to see which other modules are using the same citation? 

Yes - open the citation, and at the bottom of the citation you’ll see: “Appears on these reading lists”. This shows all the reading lists which include this citation.         


A reading list is missing - do I create a new one from scratch? 

If a reading list is missing, please contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian or email so that the team can investigate – it may be that the list exists but has been incorrectly assigned to someone else. The Leganto team can arrange for a new list to be created if necessary. 


Can I create a completely new list for my module? 

If your module has an existing reading list, please edit that rather than create a new list from scratch. This will ensure the list still aligns correctly with your module information on e:Vision and can be accessed by your students – if you have any concerns, please contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian or email 


Most of my reading lists are out of date.  Can I delete them all and start again? 

Please do not delete entire reading lists from Leganto as this could result in your module becoming assigned to a list that no longer exists. You can still make major changes within your existing list.  For example, you will be able to remove all citations and sections as necessary and replace these with more up to date resources. 


How does Leganto link up with Canvas? 

In each Canvas module you’ll see a Leganto link in the left-hand ribbon. This will open the reading list for that module.     


As a Head of School, how do I know which of my module leaders have reviewed and submitted their Leganto lists? 

The Library will provide monthly reports to Heads of School to keep them abreast of staff engagement with Leganto. We will also contact module leaders during the summer to encourage them to submit their lists.  


Can I see my Leganto lists as my students will see them? 
Yes, click on the ellipsis menu at the top of a reading list and select “View list as a student” 

Can students see the reading lists of modules that they are not enrolled on?  

No, Leganto won’t enable them to see these. However, students can use LibrarySearch to find reading list items that are in stock in the library. Just put the module code in the LibrarySearch search box, and the results will show items associated with the reading list for that module. 

Imodule leader changes, how will the new module leader be able to edit the lists – how do they become the new owner?  

Once information in SITS has been amended it will be reflected in Leganto, and the new module leader will become the Instructor (i.e  the owner) of the reading list. 

I want to ask the library about my Leganto list. How do I do this? 

Please send an email to


 How will the library be notified if I make changes to a list that has already been sent? 

If you make changes to a reading list after you’ve sent it, just send it again. The Library team will check anything that’s new to your list which are Essential or Further reading.  Additions made outside the update window should be tagged Topical and won’t be checked.  

A website on a list has a broken link - how do I fix it? 

Click into the citation and edit the broken link with the correct URL. Alternatively, delete the citation and use the Add to Leganto bookmark button to add the website to your list afresh.