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Leganto reading list staff guide: Library processes

Training and support for Leganto reading lists

What does the library do with my reading list?

Library Review button in Leganto

When you click on the Library review button in Leganto, the library will see new items and updates. 

We check library collections, review the number of copies in stock, check for ebook availability and decide if any additional print copies are required. 

New books or extra copies are ordered for the library and ebook access set up where available.

The library team will contact the module leader if there are any problems or issues with updates to a reading list - this will be done by email, or via the Library discussion in Leganto, if an academic initiates a conversation. 

Library discussion screenshot on Leganto

You will receive a notification via email when a discussion or note is updated in your reading list. See our related Discussions and notifications tab for more detailed information.

How long will it take for an item to be in the library once I’ve added it to a reading list?

Once the item has been added to the reading list, it will require a number of checks by library staff to see if copies require ordering. We can offer the following average turnarounds for material:

Print: 3 weeks from ordering.

Electronic: 24 hours from ordering.

We will endeavour to keep to these timelines, but at busy times or low stock availability (from suppliers or out of print titles), these may change. If anything is required urgently, please contact us and we will do our best to help. 

Can I add scanned book chapters and journal articles to Leganto?

Yes, just follow the instructions on either adding a journal article or a book chapter to your list and we will do the rest. This will involve copyright checks to ensure content can be added. 

Journal articles check

When a journal article is added to a list, library staff check the link works and if we don't have access to an online subscription, we can digitise our print stock or order a digital copy from the British Library to be added to Leganto. We will contact you if there are any issues.

Book chapters check

When a book chapter is added (see related video), library staff check for ebook access (already owned or to order) or, if no ebook available, we will provide a scan of the relevant chapter on Leganto where possible. We will contact you of there are any issues to do with copyright or availability.

How long does it take to digitise a book chapter for Leganto?

This depends on a number of factors; whether we have a copy of the item in the library, if a request needs to be sent to the British Library or additional copyright permissions are required. We will let you know if there are any problems or if we can’t create a copy for you. If you require it urgently, please contact us

What happens if the library can't purchase a copy of an item on a reading list?

Occasionally, the library may be unable to purchase a copy of an item added to a reading list. Reasons for this can include a book being out of print and no suitable second hand copies being available to purchase.  The library will contact you if we are unable to purchase a copy of an item added to a reading list.

What happens if there no electronic copy available?

Library staff will be checking for print and electronic versions of reading list entries. If you see a citation tagged with Electronic unavailable this will be due to one of the following reasons:

  • There is no ebook available to the Library to purchase.
  • There is only an e-textbook available.
  • The ebook is too expensive to purchase.

example citation from a Leganto reading list with Electronic Unavailable highlighted.

If you have any questions related to this tag, then please contact as we may be able to digitise a chapter or increase the number of print copies available, in lieu of access to an electronic copy.