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Reading Lists: Creating a List

For tips, tricks, and tutorial information related to Reading Lists at Edinburgh Napier University.

Reading Lists

1: Create your Reading List

Simply go to and click on New List. See the rest of this guide for more information on creating and editing the perfect Reading List.

Importantly, remember to click on Reading List Options and select Send to Library when you are finished. Otherwise, the Library will not know to process your Reading List.

2. Associate your Reading List with your Module

Associate your Reading List with the module code to ensure that it is visible to the right student group. To do this, select Course association options from the Reading List menu and click on Associate this list with a course.

Please note: you can only associate a module running in the current academic year. If you don't yet have a code for your module (before it has been approved, for example) then you can skip this step and publish your Reading List. Please remember to come back and associate your Reading List once your module is approved. 

Publishing your list once you have finished putting it together ensures that the Library can action any purchases or digitisation requests. It also means that students will be able to see the contents of the list. 

3. Add the Reading List Widget to your Module Moodle Page

Click through to Customisation in Moodle for instructions on how to do this. Without the widget on your Module Moodle Page, students won't have a link to access the Reading List.

4. Add the Reading List URL to your module descriptor

Pick up the URL (permalink) from your reading list in Leganto. To do this, select permalink to list from the  Reading List options menu. Paste the permalink into the appropriate section in your module descriptor. You only need to do this once. Amending your reading list in Leganto does not alter the permalink URL.

Option One: Set up your reading list starting at Moodle

This will mean that your reading list will be shown in your Moodle module, and automatically associated with your chosen module.

  • Open your chosen module in Moodle and Turn editing on.
  • Select Add an activity or resource >  External tool > Add
  • Enter an activity name (e.g. 'Reading List') and choose External tool type Reading List
    Choose external tool type > Reading List
  • Click Save and return to course.
  • You will now see your reading list on the front page of your Moodle module.
  • When you click on the name of the reading list on the front page of your Moodle module, you will be be taken to Leganto. Click Create it to start your list.

Option Two: Create your new reading list in Leganto

Log in to Reading Lists

You can also set up reading lists starting at Leganto.
This means you can create your reading list, and link to it from Moodle when you are ready to publish it.

  • Click on the New List button at the top right.
  • Give your reading list a name and if necessary, a description. Click Create.
    Please include the module code and name in the title, as this will help with Library purchasing.
  • After this you will be given the opportunity to either select an Essential/Recommended template to use with sections already included, or start from scratch with Blank.
  • You will now be given the opportunity to associate your Reading List with a module (or course). This isn't necessary right away, and you can associate your Reading List with a particular Moodle module at any time. 
  • To associate to a module, click Associate List and enter your module code to look up course. Click Associate
  • The course code will now appear in the header for the reading list. If you now want to add your reading list to Moodle, see the tab above - Customisation in Moodle.


You can only link reading lists to Moodle modules that are running in the academic year.

If you want other teachers to be able to edit the reading list (or see it before it is published), you will need to add them as collaborators.
In your reading list, click Manage Collaborators on the right hand side.

Reading Lists are divided up into Sections. Each section could be used for a new topic or week for example, or to separate a small Reading List into reading for lectures from readings for tutorials, for example. Each Section also comes with space for you to provide more information.

An example of a Reading List Section, showing annotations and an Item already in place.

If you have created your reading list in Leganto, you can use the Reading List tool in Moodle to add a link to the Reading List associated with your module. 

Link to a Leganto reading list from Moodle

Turn editing on and select Add an activity or resource in the section you would like the reading list to appear.

Select External tool and click OK.

Give the tool a name (Reading List is a good idea...) and select Reading List as the External tool type. Make sure to save your changes.

The reading list tool will rollover with your module when Moodle is refreshed for the new academic year.

See our one-page Help Guide: Linking with Moodle

How to link to a specific Reading List section using LTI Direct Access.


You can also this same tool to link to individual Sections, rather than a whole Reading List. The information needed for this can be copied by selecting LTI Direct Access, and copying the information to your clipboard.

As when linking to an entire Reading List, to do this, turn on editing in Moodle and select Add activity or resource, give the tool a name (Reading List is a good idea or you could use the name of the Section your are linking to...) and select Reading List as the External tool type. Then, under Show More, paste the LTI Direct Access code into the Custom Parameters text box. Don't forget to save your work.

An example of the Custom Parameters in Moodle.

See our one-page Help Guide: Linking to Sections

You can create a reading list for a new module seeking approval. Create your reading list in the usual way. If you don't have a module code, you can use the proposed module name. When the module is approved, you can add the module code to your reading list.

You should publish your list and paste the URL permalink into the module descriptor section about reading lists. 

Pick up the URL (permalink) from your reading list in Leganto. To do this, select permalink to list from the  Reading List options menu. Paste the permalink into the appropriate section in your module descriptor. You only need to do this once. Amending your reading list in Leganto does not alter the permalink URL.

You will not be able to associate your reading list with your module until the module is approved.