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Make items available for students

Create or update your reading lists

Use the Reading Lists tool in Minerva to create or update your module reading lists for the next academic year. There’s guidance on the Reading Lists tool below if you need it.

We will purchase new items if needed and link them to your list.

Please check our reading list progress page before you email the reading lists team ( with any queries about your reading list.

Guidance for Reading Lists 2020/21

You should submit your reading lists using the Minerva Reading List Tool by 14 August 2020, in order for items to be available for the start of teaching.

We will check all items tagged “core reading” and all newly added items. If there are book chapters you want us to digitise, let us know with the OCR (online course readings) tag.

If we find that an item is not available online, we will let you know by using the comment function on the reading list tool. We’ll also send you an e-mail so you know to check your list for comments.

If an item is not available online, please consider whether there’s an alternative item online that you can recommend. We may be able to help you with this.

Over time we aim to check all the content on all reading lists to either purchase an online copy or to advise you about online availability. However, we are unlikely to achieve this for all lists by the start of teaching.

How to use the Minerva Reading Lists tool

Take a look at our step-by-step guides on how to create, add to and manage your reading lists on Minerva.

Or watch our demonstration videos below. Click on the 3-bar menu icon in the top left of the video to navigate to different sections.

We recommend that you also check the Minerva Service blog for information about any current technical issues.

If you need further advice or support, please email the reading lists team (

Update your lists during the year

You can update your reading list or ask us to purchase new items at any time throughout the year.

We base purchase decisions on the number of students on a module and the priority that the book has on the reading list.

Student texts are regularly checked and stock-edited to maintain their relevance to courses.