Course Readings

Course readings are essential items such as textbooks and online resources identified by course coordinators to support courses at the University of Newcastle.

Most items are available online via UONLine (Blackboard), and all libraries have a course readings section for physical items.

One copy of each prescribed set textbook is located in the Course Readings collection at the campus library where the course is delivered; additional copies are made available in the Library's general collection.

Electronic Course Readings Updates

  • Total number of Articles submitted, 22,985
  • Total number of articles downloaded by students in 2019 = 177,609
  • Total number of courses using Electronic Course Readings in Blackboard,1090

Information for Staff


The Library uses a Electronic Course Readings system, specialist software simplifying the creation and maintenance of reading lists and ensuring that the University meets its compliance obligations around Copyright. More on Copyright

Students experience a simple user interface with readings embedded in one place as the system integrates with UONline (Blackboard ). This new system makes overall processing easier and more efficient.

Staff can discover, add, organise and annotate readings quickly and link to Library resources, scanned resources, as well as adding online resources keeping a list together in one place.

Readings can be added, and easily organised into groups, weeks, topics.  All lists can be saved, updated and rolled over to be reused for future academic teaching periods.

For assistance to use or help to find the best resources available, contact

Send details of the item to

Please include the following details:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Course name and code
  • Teaching period
  • Which campus(es) the course will be offered
  • Estimated number of students

Where possible, please let us know if the Library does not currently have the item so we can place a priority order for it.

We can order new books of essential course readings for the Course Readings collection. If you would like to request an item, please email

Please include as much of the following information as possible when requesting new material:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Publisher
  • Year of publication
  • ISBN
  • Your name and contact details (as course coordinator)
  • Course name and code
  • Which campus(es) the course will be offered
  • Estimated number of students

Please note: orders may take several weeks depending on place of publication and publisher supplies.

Personal copies of books not held by the Library can be included in the Course Readings collection upon request. The item is labelled and available on the Course Readings shelves. However, the library cannot take responsibility for any loss or damage to the item.

Information for Students

Your list of readings may be available via a link in the navigation menu on the left of your course in UONline.

If you are unable to find your reading list please contact your course coordinator for assistance.

You can search the Library catalogue NEWCAT+ for the title of items on your reading list to locate and access them.

Physical items can be borrowed via self-check machines for a 2 hour loan period and must be returned to the same library location.

Yes.  Course Readings items may be booked for a 2 hour period. Please contact a member of library staff to book a Course Readings item.

You must borrow your booked item within 10 minutes of the booking time or you may lose your booking.

Yes. Course Readings items may be borrowed overnight. Overnight items may only be borrowed during the last two hours before the library closes. Items must be returned at the latest within 10 minutes of the Library opening the next day.

Opening hours for all UON libraries are listed on the Library website.

Yes, fines are charged at a rate of $2.00 per hour (or part thereof). This means, for example, if an item was returned 1 hour and 5 minutes late you would be charged $4.00.