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Finding books: Finding books via your reading lists

A guide to finding books, both online and physically within the Library.

Finding your reading lists

You should find a link to your module reading list from the relevant Blackboard course. You can also search for your reading list by module code or name on the reading list system.

Items on your reading lists

Your reading lists will show you where each book is located in the Library and give a link to the e-book, where available. To find out more about making the most of your reading list, take a look at our student guide:

Finding additional reading recommended in lectures

You might also be given additional recommended books in each lecture. To find these check the Enterprise catalogue to see if they are available in the Library or online.


Search tip!

To find a specific book search for the author/editor surname and a few words from the title. There is no need to type in your whole reference - you are more likely to find a match if you stick with the basic details. For example, to find this book:

Eysenck, M.A. & Keane, M. (2015) Cognitive psychology: a student's handbook. 7th ed. Psychology Press.

Just type in:

Eysenck cognitive psychology

Tell us about additional books you need

Number of copies

Although it is not Library practice to purchase texts for each student, we recommend that your tutors request the Library to buy copies as follows: 

  • about one copy per 10 students for ‘essential’ reading (one or more of which might be non-loan), and the e-book (where available)
  • about one copy per 20 students for ‘recommended’ reading, and the e-book (where available)
  • one copy or the e-book of ‘background’ reading

Where there are large numbers of students taking a module, some schools reduce the pressure on reading list material by providing alternative reading, rather than insisting on all students reading the same titles.