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Unit of Study Readings: Unit of Study Readings @ USyd

The Unit of Study Reading Process

The University Library makes available the essential items your students require for their studies. This may be through creating an electronic link or by adding physical items to one of our 2 hour loan collections.

The eReserve system provides an automated, user friendly approach for academic and library staff to discover, organise and annotate reading list items. It will streamline the entry, copyright compliance and ongoing maintenance of your reading lists. Your reading lists will be conveniently located and accessible within your Unit of Study module/s in Blackboard or Canvas.  This means students will find their readings on Blackboard or Canvas. Readings are no longer on the Library catalogue.

The Library process

You will receive an e-mail notification from to remind you to forward new titles that you need the library to order for your list.

  • If there are no changes to your existing list, you can simply set new semester dates using the eReserve system. 
  • If you want to make a few changes to an existing list, you can delete, add and reorder readings using the eReserve system
  • items we do not hold and therefore need to be purchased have to be clearly highlighted and submitted 8 weeks before semester starts. ‚Äč
  • If you need to create a new list, please follow the steps on this guide. You can contact for assistance or your Academic Liaison Librarian to book a training session. 

The eReserve system

You can easily maintain your own reading lists, add or delete readings for a specific period, quickly make links available and add notes about a reading for your students. This guide will take you through each step in the process.  

eReserve is an intuitive system, however attending one of our training sessions is highly recommended for all Unit of Study coordinators. The training will:

  •          Show you how the new system works and how to maintain your reading list. 
  •          Show you both the academic and student views for your reading lists
  •          Share reading list good practice

If you are interested in learning more please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian. 

Unit of Study Readings Service Model- New Reading Lists