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Reading lists

Ensuring the Library holds the correct resources to support teaching each year is a top priority.

To help support us in this goal, please send your full reading list to readinglists@rhul.ac.uk.

It is important that the Library receives a copy of your reading list each year, even if the readings have not changed, to make sure that sufficient materials are available for students each year.

What the library needs to know about your reading lists

Please clearly highlight texts (including journal articles, DVDs, CDs, and other Library material) as follows:

  • For student purchase (texts expected to be purchased by students)
  • Core/essential texts (key texts which will be in high demand throughout the course)
  • Recommended readings
  • Further readings (extended bibliographies, etc.)
  • If you would like a digital copy of an article or chapter, please indicate these items on your list.

Please include course code and expected student numbers, and anything else we might need to know about the course.

We will then check current stock against readings list and look to buy new copies or extra copies where required.


Along with the committment to providing core texts and multiple copies of key readings, the College has approved the purchase of Talis Aspire, an online Reading List System (RLS) already used by many other HEIs (visit Reading Lists Online to see the live system now). Talis Aspire will manage the data on reading lists, enable the creation of online Reading Lists (linked to from courses on Moodle) and provide an easy to use online Reading Lists service to students. This aims to improve student interaction with and access to materials to reading lists. 

We are currently in the process of populating it with existing reading lists & reading list items (books, book chapters, journal articles, etc). If you would like to know more, read the block below or visit our reading list guide.

Further information about the Talis Aspire RLS

The RLS enables us to provide students with their reading lists online in one system using a single interface. The RLS will reproduce reading lists as week by week readings, with or without lecturer annotations & information, or as a single course bibliography. As well as having one place to find (search & browse) reading lists, these will be linked to direct from moodle courses. The RLS will also ensure correct links to online journals & ebooks, websites and CLA digitised readings, improving access and simplifying the ‘logging in’ process for students.

The RLS will also show whether or not print books are available and if they are on loan or not. Students can then link through to LibrarySearch and reserve texts.

When entering book data on the RLS during the process of creating a reading lists, the system will flag up if a text is on any other course and whether or not it is a key or secondary reading. This will enable us (the Library) to purchase more texts where we can see that there is increased demand across courses & Departments. This is the first time that we will have this management data and should help improve student satisfaction with access to material in the library.

Also, should any lecturer want to engage directly with the system, then they can add reading lists and reading lists items themselves as and when needed (or add items to reading lists that the Library has created).

Contact us

If you have any questions about Talis Aspire, the pilot phase, or reading lists in general, please email: 


or contact your Information Consultant.


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