Using the Library Reading List Tool in Blackboard

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


The Library Reading List (powered by Leganto) is a Blackboard tool that empowers instructors to create course reading lists quickly. With this tool, you can:

  • Add online resources, such as e-books, book chapters, journal articles, OER, websites, videos, and podcasts.
  • Add physical books, DVDs and personal copies to be checked out at the Front Desk.
  • Upload your own files.
  • Organize your readings, modify, and re-use them in future semesters.


NOTE: The first 75 faculty to adopt Library Reading List by creating their own reading lists will receive a Classroom Success Pack. Email when your reading list is ready.

Easy Steps to Create a Reading List

Create a Reading List  ► Add Resources  ► Organize a Reading List ► Publish: Share with Students


Access Tools

In Blackboard > select course > Tools (course menu on the left).
show course menu

Depending on the size and resolution of your screen, the Blackboard course menu may be hidden.

Locate Show Course Menu arrow on the left to display the course menu.

Please note that this arrow may appear at the top or middle based on your screen size and resolution.

Reading List Tool                                                                           

Click Tools (course menu on the left)  > select Library Reading List tool.

On first access, a wizard will demo creating a list & adding items.

ellipsis Click the ellipsis "..." to access menu options for Lists and Items to create and edit content in the Library Reading List.

Add to Blackboard Course Menu

adding library reading list tool link to blackboard 

Add Library Reading List to your Blackboard 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.



  • Collect items from the Library, web & personal files in one list with a single shareable link for easy access

  • Tailor reading lists for your course(s)

  • Expedite library processing time to make course readings available to students on time

  • Collaborate with other instructors for shared course(s)

  • Organize, modify & re-use lists in future semesters

  • Diversify curriculum with e-books, journal articles, websites, videos & more to engage students 

  • Share a live view of library resources: availability & location for each item

  • Track access and usage of readings

  • Gauge use of library items, justifying the purchase of new resources to support course needs