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Reading Lists

Information and guidance for academic staff

To facilitate resilience of our teaching and support for students, all reading lists should be submitted online using the Talis Aspire system, and all core and recommended readings must be available electronically – either as e-books, e-journal articles or copyright-cleared chapter / article scans.

There is lots of help and support available to you – please find more details and information below.

We are currently in extraordinary times and are aware that teaching staff and students are facing new challenges and pressures as they learn and teach remotely.

From 2020/21, the University needs to be able to provide excellent teaching face to face supported by social distancing measures and blended learning approaches, but also if necessary fully online – with the ability to switch between these two modes. The University is therefore preparing to provide a degree of blended and fully online teaching when the situation requires.

We must be prepared to think of scenarios in which students and staff may have only limited or even at times no access to the physical Library. Hence, the continuity of our teaching can only be maintained through being in a ready state to provide online Library resources.

Please note: To facilitate resilience of our teaching and support for students in these difficult circumstances, all reading lists must be submitted online using the Talis Aspire system, and all core and recommended readings must be available electronically – either as e-books, e-journal articles or copyright-cleared chapter / article scans.

Talis Aspire is the sector standard for online reading lists and enables you to easily keep your reading lists up to date, while also providing immediate and concurrent access for multiple students to required core readings.

Please be aware that not all books are available to purchase in e-book format - contact your Academic Support Librarian for help with sourcing appropriate e-resources and with providing online information support for your students.

We appreciate that the requirement to move aspects of teaching and learning online has a substantial impact on staff workload. Hence we are moving forward with online reading lists in a phased manner, so that the workload can be spread out. We are at this stage asking for reading lists for Term 1 by 31 July, whilst reading lists for Term 2 don’t need to be submitted until 30 October.

Support is available to help you with all aspects of the process. Please contact us at: readinglists dot library at warwick dot ac dot uk for help and advice on building / updating your reading lists in this environment.

2020/21 timeline and process

On 4 May 2020 all published Reading Lists were successfully rolled over, so a draft 2020/21 version of all lists published last year is now available. These are not visible to students until published or a review requested.

  • If your module will be running again in 2020/21, check the draft, make any changes you might require, and “request review” to ensure it is visible to students. You can make further changes at any time, even after the list is published – the Library will be alerted to your change and can take any required action
  • In consultation with Chris Hughes and Gwen Van Der Velden, on behalf of the University’s Education Quality Committee, the 2019/20 guidelines for academics creating Reading Lists have been updated. Check out the new guidelines before creating your list

Please send your lists for next session to the Library as soon as you can. The sooner you are able to work on your lists and send them to the Library, the more likely we are to be able to ensure the resources are in place ready for your students to access them when they are needed. If you send your list to us after 31 July, we may not be able to fulfil your resource requests.


2020/21 draft lists are now available. Updating/creating your list before 31 July gives the Library the best chance of ensuring the required readings are in place for the start of term.

New / reviewed lists received later in August / September will be processed as soon as possible but the Library is unlikely to have required readings in place for the start of term.

Most 2019/20 lists will be archived at the end of September.

A large proportion of peer universities have already adopted Talis for all reading lists and just over 50% of module leaders here at Warwick already use it. We also know that many students prefer using Talis Aspire to support their learning experience.

Benefits for academic staff

  • One port of call to notify the Library and request reading list items, including scanned material
  • Simple to create, manage and edit your list
  • Flexibility in your list structure
  • Allows you to link to any type of resource
  • Share your list easily with students
  • Reading list dashboard allows you to track engagement with your list
  • Integrates with Moodle or your module website

Benefits for your students

  • Provides them with direct links to reading material
  • Clear guidance on reading expectations and importance
  • Ability to add their own notes and prioritise reading
  • Consistent experience across modules
  • Frees time for independent searching
  • Readings are available in the right quantities

The Talis Aspire Reading List system enables you to create dynamic reading lists for your students, providing them with direct links to all their required reading materials. Using Talis Aspire for your reading lists will improve the visibility of lists for students and provide a consistent approach across modules. Your lists will also be automatically checked by the Library allowing us to provide access to the materials and resources your students need.

How the Library can help you

  • Assist with the setup of your Reading Lists on Aspire
  • Check for availability of e-books and most recent editions of key readings
  • Digitise book chapters or journal articles as required
  • Provide full training and ongoing support


Contact us at readinglists dot library at warwick dot ac dot uk to arrange 1:1 or group/department training - this is currently being offered online (via Teams or similar).

The Reading List Team or your Academic Support Librarian can also offer further help and advice.