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Talis Aspire Reading Lists for Academic Staff

6 steps to create a reading list

Log in to Reading Lists

Visit and select 'Log In' from the navigation bar. Enter your university email address and password.

Login to Reading Lists

Add the Bookmark Button to your browser

Click on the 'My bookmarks' tab and then 'Install bookmark button'.  Follow the instructions on the screen to add the link to your bookmarks bar. 

Learn how to add the bookmark button

Check for an existing reading list

First, check if a reading list already exists for your module by searching for the module title or code on Talis Aspire. 

If a list does exist, please edit this list rather than creating a new one or making a copy of it. If you do not have the rights to edit the list in question, please contact your Academic Subject Librarian, who can assign you as list owner and give you editing rights.

If a list doesn't already exist, you can proceed to Step 4 - Creating a reading list.

Create a reading list

Click on 'My Lists' and then the 'Create new list' button. Enter the module name and code, and select the time period to get started.

Add an item to your reading list

Search the library website (or a publisher's website/Amazon if it is not in the library's collection).  From the item record click on the 'Add to my Bookmarks' button (see Step 2).

Submit your list for review

Click on the 'Request review' button. We'll check the links and make sure the list appears in Blackboard.

Find out more about the review process

Creating a list

Before you start

Before you start, we advise checking if a list already exists for your module. You can do this by searching for the module name or code on the 'Search for lists, modules & courses' on the Talis Aspire homepage. If a list does already exist, please edit this one rather than copying it or creating a new list for the module. If you are unable to edit the existing list, please contact your Academic Subject Librarian for editing rights.

Before you create a list we recommend you learn about creating bookmarks.

Once you have a few resources saved to add to your reading list, you are ready to start creating or editing a reading list. Items that are saved by as bookmarks in the reading lists are available to add to any list in the future.

Creating a new list

To create a new list select 'My Lists' from the navigation bar, then the 'Create new list' button.


Screenshot of Creating a new list screen

Enter the module (list) name and code, and select the time period to get started.


We have a naming convention for list names: include the module name and module code in brackets.

Example: Research Skills 3 (PRD3004M)

A list does not need to follow naming conventions if it is not associated with a module, for example a list of reading recommendations for a book group or material promoted as part of an event.



This field is not mandatory but can be used to add information about the list, add collaborators names or simply give some overview guidance on using the list. 



The hierarchy allows us to link the reading list to a specific module on Blackboard once the list is published. Search and select the relevant module code from the results.

You can also add student numbers when selecting a hierarchy code. If these are known please add them since accurate student numbers can help us understand the potential demand for an item and help with any decisions on collection management and digitisations.


Why isn't my module appearing in the hierarchy search?




Select a time period. This allows us to associate the list with the correct module in Blackboard, and enables a student to see they are working from the latest version of a reading list.

For each teaching period, your list will be copied to a new version for you by the centralised rollover process. This is to ensure the right list appears in the correct version of the module in Blackboard. This also makes sure that any digitised item will be viewable by that cohort of students.