Course readings

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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

Electronic Course Readings is a web-based system which integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, reducing the time it takes to access readings or to create and maintain reading lists.

As a student you will experience simplified access to your readings via the menu in your Blackboard course.

As Staff you can add, edit and organise readings and track the number of times a reading has been viewed by your students. All lists can be saved, updated and rolled over for future use. Using this system reduces the potential for copyright breaches.

The Library has created a suite of user guides and videos to assist with the list creation process. Help from Library staff, including copyright advice is also available.

For assistance to use the system or find resources, contact

Information for Staff

  1. Access your reading list
    Find and access Course Readings in your Blackboard Course.
  2. Create a new reading list or re-use an existing list
    You can create a new reading list for each teaching period or to reuse a reading list from a previous teaching session.
  3. Add new readings
    At any time you can add new material to your reading list. You can link to the Library databases, websites and upload PDFs.
  4. Organise your reading list
    Once your list is created, you can organise your list by adding notes, groups or re-order your reading list and add citation styles.

For more information on the features in electronic Course Readings visit our user guides and videos.

Each time a new Blackboard course is created, the previous course readings list may be present.

If you would like to re-use the readings, it is important to roll over your list in to the current teaching session to enable student’s access to the readings.

If your list is not current this will be indicated by the past icon on the left of the screen.

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 Library Search 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 university 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.

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