Reading List Service

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is Leganto related to the Reading List Service?

Leganto is the University’s new system for managing reading lists. It makes preparing and sharing course reading lists easy, and it makes the best use of our library resources. For the launch of the service in September 2020 library staff will assist with moving your reading lists to Leganto and into the VLE. In later phases of the service you will be able to update and produce reading lists that are relevant, interactive and accessible for your students to access via the VLE.

2. Why should I send you my reading list?

To save you time! The new service will allow you to add materials subject to copyright or licensing restrictions, from practically any resource – print and e-books, online journals, websites and YouTube videos. But given the high volume of work academics are undertaking to prepare for Blended Learning in the next Semester we are trying to help by doing some of the legwork for you. If you send the lists to us now at we will help to produce your lists within the new service and the VLE. In the future you will be able to edit and add to the lists to ensure they are comprehensive and up-to-date.

3. How does it integrate with our VLEs?

Watch this video to see how it has been integrated within MyAberdeen.

Please do not try to access your Leganto Reading List in MyAberdeen until August, as it is currently being worked on.

Similar integrations are being investigated for MyMBChB, MyBDS and MyPA, which are VLEs that specifically support the Medicine (MBChB), Dentistry (BDS) and Physician Associate Studies (MSc) programmes.

4. Will my students need to learn anything to use it?

It’s fairly intuitive, but there will be many resources available to help students navigate the tool.  It will make it easy to find and access what they need to read, watch and listen to, all in one place as it links directly to the library catalogue, Primo. Academics can add notes to the lists to fine tune student engagement..

5. Why are you asking me to highlight the top three items on my Reading List? They are all important!

We do understand that there are likely to be many more than three essential items on your reading lists. The three you flag to us as being the most important will be added to our ‘Fast Check’ service. These will be reviewed and if not available electronically we will try to assist in identifying an alternative that could be offered.  The remaining items on your reading list will also be checked, but at a slower pace.  We hope to upload all the content of each reading list as soon as possible, but realistically we can only promise the top three are reviewed in time for the start of term.

Please note – Links to journals are likely to pose less of a problem than extracts from printed materials.

6. Will there be more licences available to support e-book access for multiple students?

Unfortunately, we cannot promise this. The Reading List project does not have an allocated budget with which we can purchase additional resources, it must be done in line with our existing book budget. If additional licences for existing holdings can be purchased cost effectively, we will certainly consider doing so. By including an approximate student number for the course when submitting your reading list, we are better able to make such decisions.

7. One of my essential items is currently available in the VitalSource / Kortext free trial. Will this be available to my students in the first half session?

The period in which we will continue to have access to additional content as a result of COVID-19 is under review. Anticipated pricing for e-textbooks where there are no special arrangements in place means that we cannot guarantee access to titles from providers like VitalSource and Kortext. The Library is represented in national negotiations with academic publishers in order to try and reach affordable deals for UK higher education sector.

8. Reading lists online does not equal reading materials online

Correct – Where possible we will link to an electronic resource, or if you recommend a particular chapter within a printed book which we already own we may be able to scan it and offer that as a link (subject to the building being open to staff).  As we move back to normality on-campus students will be able to see what stocks we have in the library and reserve / borrow items on our shelves for loan.

9. Can students still be asked to purchase books, e.g. from Blackwell’s?

Students should certainly be able to choose to buy their textbooks if they wish to, and in some cases that may be the most effective alternative to access to a print book in the Library. We hope to find a way to connect our reading lists to the service offered by Blackwell’s to provide a seamless route to purchase. However, at this stage, while the campus branch of Blackwell’s remains closed, we are still exploring what will be possible.

10. Our healthcare students can access e resources through the Knowledge Network. Will there be a way to highlight this to students if the school does the work to indicate this?

Yes.  All reading lists for Medicine and Dentistry will be sent to the Medical Library staff to check. The Knowledge Network will be one of the many sources checked, and we will be able to load the links to Leganto and the Medical VLE.

11. I have existing scans but they are poor quality, can I still share these with my students in September?

Please share them with us so that we can review them. We need to ensure materials are machine-readable to support accessibility requirements. We also need to ensure the University is complying with copyright legislation and licensing restrictions.

12. Why are you asking me to estimate the number of students on my course?

As mentioned in question 6, this will help us assess whether additional licences are required for existing e-book items we already hold.

13. My courses rely on students being able to access printed items within the Library collections. How can they do this if the Library is closed?

We hope to provide limited access to print collections, subject to any ongoing national or institutional constraints. We are exploring all options including looking into whether a click and collect service with limited access to Library buildings or sending items by post, is possible.