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Building Inclusive Reading Lists

Welcome to the Library's Guide on Building Inclusive Reading Lists

The purpose of this guide is to provide practical support to academic staff and students who wish to build inclusive module or personal reading lists by adding a diversity of sources in terms of authorship, origin, accessibility, and theme. It does this in a number of ways:

  • Provides module leaders with a method for auditing their reading lists to determine the diversity of sources in terms of authors' gender, ethnicity, and publisher location (see Auditing Your Reading List in the side menu);
  • Describes a number of simple searching techniques to enable academics and students to find information sources in their subject area that focus on inclusion themes and that originate from outside the Global North (see Searching For Inclusive Sources in the side menu);
  • Lists a range of information sources, such as books, journals, websites, blogs, and podcasts, to support understanding of themes related to inclusion, such as ageism, anti-racism, decolonisation, disability, climate change, equality and diversity, minorities, religion and belief, and social class (see Resources By Theme in the side menu);
  • Recommends information sources on themes related to inclusion specific to academic subject areas in the University (see Subject Recommendations in the side menu). 

What Do We Mean by "Inclusive Reading Lists"?

At Edinburgh Napier University, inclusion means a commitment to providing a learning, working, and social environment "where diversity and inclusiveness is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, age, ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status or whether pregnant or on maternity leave" (Edinburgh Napier University, 2022). This celebration actively strives to ensure that every student and staff member feels welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to participate fully in all aspects of university life. 

The Library plays a key role in celebrating diversity and inclusiveness at Edinburgh Napier through developing collections that represent and support the diverse range of identities and interests of staff and students. The module reading lists that academic staff create to support student learning are fundamental to the development of the Library's collections. The selection of reading list items presents a great opportunity to add books, journals, articles, audio-visual sources and websites from a wide variety of authors that address the intersections between social justice themes and the different academic subject areas within the University.


Edinburgh Napier University. (2022). Inclusion

Recommend a Book

The Library is committed to developing collections that represent as far as possible the diversity of backgrounds, identities, and interests of the University's students and staff. 

To achieve this, we urge you to help us to diversify and build inclusion into our collections by recommending new titles you need for your learning and research, including texts written by those from marginalised and under-represented communities and relating to social justice issues such as anti-racism, decolonisation, and equality, diversity and inclusion. 

Just click on the "Recommend a Book" button below, fill in the brief form, and click "Submit". 

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We aim to obtain e-books where possible, in order to maximise accessibility, but will purchase print format where e-format is unavailable. 

For academic staff wishing to request new titles for reading lists, please contact your Subject Librarian with the publication details of each book and the code/title of the relevant Leganto list. 

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