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Unit of study readings: information for academic staff

Providing us with your unit of study readings means your students will have access to their readings throughout the session

There are 2 pathways to take to ensure that your unit of study readings are available and accessible to your students. The preferred pathway is the Fast Track method. The other process is the mediated method.

You will receive an e-mail notification from to remind you to forward new titles you need the library to order for your list.

Fast Track method

  • If there are no changes to your existing list, you can simply set new semester dates using the eReserve system and “roll over” the readings you require.
  • If you want to make a few changes to an existing list, you can delete, add and reorder readings using the eReserve system
  • If you have a new list, you can add the items directly to eReserve yourself. Please refer to the eReserve guide or contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for a training session.
  • Items we do not hold and therefore need to be purchased have to be clearly highlighted and submitted 8 weeks before semester starts.

The Mediated method

If you need to create a new list, you can use the Unit of Study submission form or email your list to the Library at and we’ll add the readings to your eReserve page.

When should I submit my new lists or new items to order?

Send your lists as soon as possible. The deadline for submitting your unit of study reading lists is four weeks before semester starts.

If you need the library to order items we don’t currently hold, please notify us eight weeks before semester start.

Send all new lists or orders to

What information do we need from you when submitting lists?

  • Your name and contact details (as unit coordinator), and the names of your lecturers
  • The name and code of your unit of study
  • The total or estimated number of students enrolled in your unit
  • Your list of readings, in week order

Where possible, highlight items that the library does not hold so we are able to priority order them.

What should go on my reading list?

  • Scanned items to which you want to provide students with a quick link, or that are in the physical library collection.
  • Ebooks or journals you can link to via library databases. Please note that you can provide students with these links within the lms without breaching copyright. You can use eReserve if you want to keep all your readings in one place, but do not have to use the eReserve system if you are simply providing links to these online resources
  • If you would like to give your students the opportunity to search our collections as part of developing them to be lifelong learners, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian to incorporate these strategies into your curriculum.

What can be added to unit of study readings?

  • Journal articles
  • Books and book chapters
  • Your personal copy of a book
  • DVDs, CDs, scores and streamed material

How long will it take for the items to be ready for my students?

There’s a number of factors involved in processing your reading lists – if we have all the items already in the Library, the process can be completed quite quickly.

  • If you submit your list by the deadline of four weeks before the start of session and your reading list contains fewer than 40 items, it should take us between two and three weeks to process.
  • If your list is over 40 items, we’ll aim to complete the readings for weeks 1 through 9 within 2 to 3 weeks.
  • We’ll email you to let you know our progress on processing the rest of the list.

How can I order new material for my unit?

When you submit your list to us, make sure you let us know about anything that’s not currently held by the Library. This will let us know to place a priority order.

What do I need to know about copyright?

The unit of study readings service helps the University to mitigate risk by managing the electronic copying limits, reporting and other requirements of the statutory licences contained in the Copyright Act.

For more information see copyright for unit of study readings or contact Copyright Services.

Can I add items to the list throughout the semester?

eReserve allows you to add items throughout the semester yourself. The eReserve guide will step you through the process.