Through a single point of access, instructors can request library material for a course (digitized material or print course reserves) and add resources directly, including content from:

  • the Libraries’ collection
  • websites
  • images
  • videos
  • lecture slides
  • and more

Getting started

There are 5 important steps when creating a new Reading List from start to finish:

  1. Add Reading Lists to a UM Learn course.
    Before anything else can be done, it is important for Reading Lists to be added to your course in UM Learn. If you would like to use this tool in multiple courses, remember to add it to each one in advance. Steps on adding Reading Lists can be found here.

  2. Create a new Reading List.
    Once Reading Lists has been added to your UM Learn course, you will need to create a new List.
  3. Create a new Section.
    Within a new Reading List, your items will be placed within different Sections. You may choose to have one section for each week of the term or create Sections to represent different themes in your course.
  4. Add your resources.
    Using Reading Lists features such as the Library Search, File upload, and Cite It browser extension, you will be able to add many items to your List quickly and easily. You can also make digitization requests through Reading Lists for library items that are not available online and place print materials on reserve (not available for Fall 2021).
  5. Publish your List.
    You can publish a Reading List at any time. If you have placed a request for digitized material or print course reserves, publishing will not interrupt these processes and the requested materials will still be added when they are available. Similarly, you can continue to modify (add/delete) all items in the Reading List even after publishing.


Benefits for Faculty and Instructors Benefits for Students
  • Single point of access to all library resources. Able to search and link to all resources within the Libraries' collection and request material for your course (digitized material or print course reserves).
  • Simple to use. Adding, modifying and deleting individual readings and lists is easy to do and takes very little time.
  • One-step process to add online resources outside the library's collection. The "Cite It" browser extension can be used to quickly add web resources.
  • Keeps information organized. Features such as Sections and Tags allow instructors to add specific notes, such as whether readings are required or relate to certain themes.
  • Ability to reuse content. Once created, a Reading List can be saved and reused in future courses.
  • All course materials are available in one place. This may include items such as: course syllabi/assignment guidelines, lecture slides, websites, videos, images and library resources.
  • Content is easy to access. Reading Lists include direct links to all library materials, web resources and the option to upload files.
  • Students can find what they need when they need it. Students will no longer have problems trying to locate course resources independently, since everything is organized in UM Learn.


Adding the Reading Lists tool

Before you can begin adding and organizing readings, you will need to add the Reading Lists tool to a course in UM Learn. To learn how this can be done, follow the instructions below.

Once you have added the Reading Lists tool go to the Help Videos to learn how to add resources to your reading list.

  1. Login to UM Learn and select the course where you would like to add your reading list.
    Click on this waffle icon to begin creating reading lists in UM learn.
  2. In your UM Learn course, click on the Content tab (2a) from the top. Under Add a module (2b) create a new module for course readings. In this example, the new module will be called “Course Readings” (2c).
  3. Table of contents
  4. In the Course Reading List module, click on Existing Activities (3a) and select External Learning Tools (3b).
  5. Course readings.
  6. In External Learning Tools, scroll down and select Reading Lists. The Reading Lists icon will show up in your module. Click on Reading Lists (in blue) to create and view your reading lists.
  7. Scroll down to find reading lists.

Adding resources

Using Reading Lists, instructors can: 

  • Link directly to all resources in the Libraries' collection
  • Add online resources outside the Libraries’ collection
  • Upload their own files

Reading Lists help videos

The Reading Lists videos below refer to the tool by its original name (Leganto) and use the Canvas LMS in their examples. However, all instructions will work similarly within the UM Learn environment.

  • Create a Reading List
    Learn how to create a new reading list for your class. 
    YouTube Video - 1:30
  • Add readings from the Libraries' collections
    Use Leganto to search for your course readings in the Libraries' collections and add them directly to your reading list.  
    YouTube Video - 2:50
  • Add your own resources to a Reading List
    Find out how to upload copies of your own resources to a reading list. 
    YouTube Video - 1:05
  • Add online resources using "Cite It"
    The "Cite It" bookmarklet is simple to install and makes it very easy to add online materials such as a video or a website to your reading list. 
    YouTube Video - 3:45
  • Edit your Reading Lists
    Find out how to edit your reading list, add due dates, notes, tags, and make corrections to citation information.
    YouTube Video - 3:00
  • Publish your Reading Lists
    If your reading list includes print materials from the Libraries' holdings that need to be put on course reserve or digitized you can send your list to Libraries' staff to be published*. Once a reading list is published - either by the instructor or the Libraries - its resources are immediately available to students in the course. 
    YouTube Video - 2:20

*Instructors are not required to submit their reading lists to the Libraries. However under some circumstances adding copies of library materials to reading list may require assistance from library staff, for instance, if materials in print need to digitized. Please note that digitization of library materials must comply with University of Manitoba Copyright Guidelines.

Detailed information for instructors

A list of all the FAQs for Instructors is available here and will be updated regularly. You can also explore questions by topic below.

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Processing time

While it is most beneficial to have a Reading List prepared at the beginning of the term, instructors can create and work on Reading Lists for the current term at any time. You can continue to add resources and edit your lists after they are published.

Instructors are not required to submit their reading lists to the Libraries for review. However, if you have added print library materials to your list, your request will need to be processed by library staff. Please see Make a Digitization Request and Place print materials on reserve for more information.

Instructions for students

Using Reading Lists in UM Learn

What are Reading Lists?
Reading Lists is a new tool in UM Learn that instructors may use to share course readings with students. These may include items from the Libraries, such as articles or books, as well as websites, video content, images, or lecture slides. All resources can be added directly to a UM Learn course, making it easier for students to find what they need.

Note: The phrase "reading list" can also refer to a general list of course readings or links to reading materials (not just the Reading Lists tool). Check with your instructor if clarification is needed.

How do I find my readings?
If your instructor is using the Reading Lists tool, you can access your readings using the following steps:

  1. Log in to your UM Learn course.
  1. Select the module that includes your readings. Instructors can choose what to call this module, but will likely use terms like "Course Readings", "Weekly Readings" and so on.
  1. Within the Reading Lists module, select the text that says "Reading Lists". This should open to a new page.
    Instructions for students UM learning reading lists.
  1. From the new page, if there are any Reading Lists associated with your course, you should see them and be able to open them to see your readings.
    Reading lists list.
  1. To view specific items in your Reading List select the "Download" or "View Online" options at the bottom of the item record.


    Reading lists access.


Make a digitization request

Instructors can request a digitized copy of a portion of a book (chapter or 10% or less of a work) or article through Reading Lists in UM Learn.  

This service is for print library items only. If you would like electronic access to an entire book rather than a chapter, please contact your subject librarian for assistance.

If you own a copy of an item that the Libraries do not hold and wish to have a portion digitized for your course, please contact ReadingListsandReserves@umanitoba.ca.

Make a digitization request

To request a digitization, first add the Reading Lists tool to a course in UM Learn.  

Please observe the UM Copyright Guidelines when making digitization requests. We will digitize what we can within fair dealing (chapter or 10% or less of a work). 

  1. Add the item (i.e. book) to your Reading List using the Library Search feature or "Cite It" browser extension.

  1. Select the item to see its full record.

  1. Scroll down and select Digitization Request.

    Scroll down to select "Digitization Request."
  1. Fill in the form. Be sure to specify the correct pages for the chapter you need.

  1. Click Submit. Your request is now in process. You can continue to work on your list or publish it for your students to see. If there are problems with the digitization request, the Libraries will contact you directly.

  1. Your requested material will automatically be added to your reading list once it's digitized. You will receive a notification via email and in the Reading Lists notification area. If you haven’t already, publish your list to allow students to access the material.

Not using Reading Lists in UM Learn? Instructors can still make digitization requests using the Scan on Demand service. Please add "Course reading" in the comments field. You will need to manually upload the scanned material to UM Learn. 

Processing time

Digitization requests for book chapters or articles are typically filled within 5-7 business days. Requests are filled in the order which they are received.

Please note that some requests may require copyright review. If there are any problems with the digitization request, the Libraries will contact you directly.

Instructors can make digitization requests throughout the term. You can submit digitization requests prior to publishing or after your list has been published.

Place print materials on reserve

Print (physical) Course Reserves are not available for Fall 2021. This service is expected to resume for Winter 2022.

Alternatives to print library materials

  1. We will try to obtain a digital version of the item, wherever possible. Please contact your subject librarian for assistance. Note that if a digital version is available, the turnaround time for purchase is 7-10 days.
  2. Make a digitization request for a chapter or portion of a print book.

  3. Consider adopting an open educational resource (OER), for example an open textbook. Please contact your subject librarian for assistance with OERs or visit our OER Guide.

Contact us

If you have any questions about using Reading Lists in UM Learn for course reserves, please get in touch with us at ReadingListsandReserves@umanitoba.ca.