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About Reading Lists Online (RLO)

Reading Lists Online (RLO) is a reading list application that provides students with quick and easy access to books, e-books, journal articles and websites recommended for the modules they have registered for.

Library Services recommends that all academic staff use Reading Lists Online to create their reading lists. It gives students one consistent place to access their readings, and it enhances the students' learning experience. 

What are the benefits?

The Reading Lists Online software enables academic staff to:

  • Organise the list to suit the module structure. Quickly rearrange the order of the topics and resources listed. 
  • Incorporate different types of material, including print and online resources, websites, streaming videos. 
  • Add and remove items from your list of resources at any time.
  • Add notes to individual items to provide guidance for your students.
  • Integrate the reading list into Moodle.
  • Notify the Library about items we should purchase or digitise for your module.
  • Collaborate with other staff editing and populating the reading list. 

Get started - Reading Lists Online

Before you can add Reading List to your module, you will need to create one a reading list on Reading Lists Online. To do this:

  • Contact your subject librarian who will support you in creating your first reading list. You can email them at
  • Once you have created your list in collaboration with your subject librarian, they will also help ensure that your reading list is available to your students via the Moodle module.

City Course Format: Add module Reading List

The Module Reading List is automatically added to modules using City Course Format. This is available in the Quick links panel of the Module dashboard.

You can also provides links to relevant readings in relevant sections or weeks using the Reading List activity. This provides students with quick and easy access to the books, articles and websites they need to read, analyse and refer at the right time. the Reading List activity displays in the Activities panel of the Module dashboard.

Reading List displaying in Activities and Quick Links

Grid format: Add module Reading List

There is no Module dashboard in Grid format, so the module Reading List is not automatically added. Once your Reading List is ready for the new academic year, you can add it to the Introductory topic in your module using the Reading List activity.

  1. Turn Edit mode on. 
  2. From the Introductory topic, select Add an activity or resource and select Reading List from the Activities tab.
  3. Add an Activity name e.g. LMM082 Reading List.
  4. Select Show More to add an optional Description. Check the box alongside Display description on module page.
  5. The Launch container options allow you to set how the Reading List displays. By default this opens in new window. Other options available are:
    • Embed: display the tool within the existing Moodle window, in a manner similar to other Moodle activities.
    • Embed, without blocks: display the tool within the existing Moodle window, with just the navigation tools on the top of the page.
  6. Ignore all other settings and select Save and display.
    • If the Reading List is set to open in a new window, you will need to select Open in new window to open Reading Lists Online.
    • Log in to the Reading Lists Online site if prompted.
  7. The Reading List for the module may display or you may need to input the module code in the text input field on the left of the screen.
  8. Select the relevant result that corresponds with the module.
  9. Select the Save button on the right of the screen. This will create a link to the module Reading List.

    LMM082 input in the search field and Save button highlighted

  10. If Reading Lists Online has opened in a new tab, close the tab. Return to the Moodle tab. Select Section on the breadcrumb trail to return to the module homepage.

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