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Teaching Support

The Reading List service

Reading Lists allows teaching staff to make available educational resources to students, including book chapters, journal articles, videos, and web content. There are many benefits to using a Reading List:

  • Allows you to curate your learning resources, manage your copyright obligations, and interact with students
  • Enables students to access curated electronic resources, anywhere, anytime
  • Makes relevant library resources more discoverable
  • Has a dynamic interface with functionality that includes social communication tools


The Library can help with:

  • Purchasing and digitising your required resources
  • Managing the copyright requirements for you                                                                                                                                                  


Watch the following video to find out more about creating a Reading List:

High Demand, and recommending items for learning and teaching

High Demand Collection

As a lecturer you can select books and other hard copy resources which are required reading for your unit or course and place them in the High Demand collection via your Reading List. As these items are in high demand they can only be borrowed on a short-term basis.


Curtin University Library  textbook guidelines - Recommending textbooks to the Library

For guidelines on using Reading Lists in order to make your essential and recommended textbooks available to students, please see the instructions below.                                                                                                                                      

Learn more about setting up your Reading List via our interactive Reading List tutorial: 

Ebooks and licensing (and the impact for textbooks)

Curtin Library has an e-preferred collection principle, so whenever a recommendation is made (whether through Reading Lists or the library website) we will endeavour to purchase an online copy, acquiring the most flexible license available. 

However, providing an online version of a book doesn't mean that it will be available for everyone all the time. Licensing for ebooks varies depending on the publisher and sometimes the Library will only be able to provide single user or limited access. This restricts the number of users who can view the ebook at the same time, making the book unavailable if all the licenses are in use. In this way, ebooks can be similar to print books - when the book is checked out of the library, you will need to wait for it to be returned.

If you have any questions about ebooks, please contact us.