Using the Library Reading List Tool in Blackboard

Tips for UTSA faculty on using this self-service tool to manage course readings

Preview as a Student

list menu


View List as a Student

Important: Reading Lists can’t be viewed in Blackboard’s Student Preview mode. To view your list as a student:

  1. Go to the Reading List Main Menu > select the ellipsis “...” on the right of the list title > View List as a Student.
  2. While DRAFT lists may be previewed by instructors, they are not accessible to students.  You will see the alert below when you preview a list before it is published. The alert is reminding you that you need to publish your list when you are ready to share it with your students.

Associate with Course

To ensure that your reading list is visible to students, it has to be associated with the correct course and published.

Associate with a course

You will be prompted to associate a list with course when you first create a list.  


manage course associations

You may associate the same list with multiple sections or courses in the current semester.

Click on + Associate to select more courses.



Alternatively, after you create a list, select Manage Course Association from the ellipsis and choose the correct course association.

If you want to customize readings for different sections or courses, select Duplicate list to create a copy.





Once you’ve previewed your list as a student and confirmed association with a correct course, click Publish.

After you have published your list, you will see the list status change from DRAFT to PUBLISHED.

Note: Physical items and some e-resource requests require additional library processing that may take from several hours to a few weeks. When these items are ready for students' use, their status will change to COMPLETE. The library staff will communicate with you throughout the process.

Share with Students

To ease students' access, add a link to the Library Reading List tool to your Blackboard course menu, following the steps below. Students can also go to Tools on the course menu and select Library Reading List.

Reading List Tool                                                                           

In Blackboard > select course > Tools (course menu) > Library Reading List.


adding library reading list tool link to blackboard 

Add Library Reading List to your course menu for easy student access.

  • Click the + in the top left  > select Library Reading List as Type > Name your Reading List.
  • Select Available to Users.


Before uploading any files to your reading list, ensure that your use of the resource complies with U.S. copyright law and fair use guidelines. UTSA Libraries is not responsible for reviewing copyright for your files. If you have questions, please review Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines at UTSA or contact