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Library Reading List

A user's guide to the Library Reading List app in Quercus.

Quick Start

This guide provides instructions for creating your own Library Reading List. If you would prefer to have library staff create and add readings to a list, please see the submission instructions here.


Step 1: Log into Quercus and select your course click on “Library Reading List” to open the tool in Quercus. 


  • Click on the “Open in new tab” button in the top right corner of the page to open the tool in a new tab.

Step 2:

  • Select the hamburger icon at the top left → select Lists Click the  tab near the centre of your screen to create your List

Step 3: Enter a title for your List (Course Code and Course Name) → Click “✓ CREATE”        


Step 4: You can click on a template depending on whether your course is for a full year (Full Year Course) or for just one semester (Weekly Sections)

  • Click on "Default" otherwise, and you can create more sections later.

Step 5: Click "Associate List" and search for your course from a list.

  • Associating the list doesn't make it available to students yet, only the "Publish" option helps connect the students registered in your course with your list.

Step 6: When adding citations, find them in the “Search Library” pane and drag them over to the appropriate section(s).

  • Click the ADD ITEMS + button to open and select the “Search Library” Pane → search for your course readings in the library search bar by title and/or by author

  • The results of your search are listed in the search pane, and they indicate that they are P (physical) or E (electronic/online).
  • Drag-and-drop any item into the appropriate section(s).
  • Remove items by clicking ... (ellipsis) and selecting "remove" from the drop-down list.
  • Electronic resources, such as articles and ebooks are available to students as soon as they are added to a Published list (status of Complete). Other citation types (physical books, specific chapters from physical book requiring digitization, websites) will require additional processing by library staff. To reduce processing times, choose electronic resources whenever possible.
  • Any uploaded file or citation added using the "Blank Form" option or the "Upload a File" option will require additional processing by library staff. Before uploading your own file or using the "Blank Form" option, use "Library Search" to ensure the library does not already have access to the resource as, e.g. an electronic article or an ebook. These materials will be available to students instantly.

Step 7: Click the "Library Review" button only once to indicate the list is ready for processing & fulfillment.


  • This notifies library staff, who ensure that all the links are correct and that the material is available.
    • Unavailable items, or those in an unsuitable format, are considered for purchase.
    • Attached files will be assessed for copyright compliance and permissions purchased if necessary.
    • If library staff have concerns or questions, they may start a "Library Discussion" or contact you by email.

Step 8: Click the "Publish" button when you're ready for students to see it. 

  • When you're working on a list, it's in "Draft" mode, and it's not available to students.


If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional guidance while setting up your Library Reading List, please contact