Leeds University Library

Reading lists and recommended texts

The Library aims to provide all the readings you recommend to your students, with adequate numbers of copies at appropriate loan periods. Each school has a Library budget to buy materials for student learning. 

The variety of loan periods allows us to adjust provision to meet the particular needs of your students. When available, we provide electronic copies of essential books to improve access to texts for large groups of students, or those based off campus. 

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

Heavily used material

If you have a large number of students needing to read items within a short space of time, we offer the following services:

Online Course Readings: book chapters and journal articles not already available online can be digitised by the Library and made available in the VLE for your students.

High Demand Collection: books can be placed in the Library's High Demand Collection on 4-hour loan. 


We recommend you update your reading list in the VLE by the end of July to guarantee availability of material for the start of teaching.

You can update your list and ask the Library to buy material throughout the year, but you should allow six weeks from when you make your request to the item appearing on the Library shelf. Items coming from overseas, or which are only available second hand, can take longer.

There are separate deadlines for requesting Online Course Readings and High Demand Collection items.