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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

Information for schools and faculties using eReserve

From Semester 1 2018, all faculties will have their readings lists processed on the eReserve platform with the exception of the Sydney Medical School, Faculty of Dentistry and School of Medical Sciences.

Submitting Lists

You can submit your reading lists to the library by emailing

The eReserve guide will help you to:

  • Activate your reading list in your Canvas or Blackboard site
  • Ensure your material is copyright compliant
  • Troubleshoot any issues

When should I submit my lists?

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

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.
  • For everything else, giving your students the opportunity to search our collections is a part of developing them to be lifelong learners. If you are interested in incorporating these skills into your curriculum, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

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

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.

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?

Of course! Just send us your additional items here

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