Using the Library Reading List in Canvas

Tips for UTSA faculty on using Library Reading List to manage course readings


To structure your Reading List, you may create sections to organize resources by week, topic, type, etc.

Click New Section > provide Title and Description > click Create.


Add tag

Add Tags to organize the resources on your Reading List and make them findable and available for filtering. 


available tags

Currently available tags:

  • Optional
  • Required
  • Lecture Readings
  • Recommended
  • Post to Canvas

Tags are created by the admin. You may request additional tags by emailing


You can add a public or private note to a Reading List or a specific item by clicking on the list or item title.  

To add a Note to a List, click on the Resource's title. Add a comment to Notes on the right. This comment will be visible to students.

List note


To add a Student or Private Note to an Item on a List, click on the Item title. The notes will appear below the record.



You may rearrange items and sections of your Reading List by pointing the cursor on the blue bar that pops up to the right of the title and Drag Citation or Drag Section accordingly.

Move items or sections


Collaborators are the instructors assigned to the Canvas course. You can add and change the collaborators.

    To invite others to collaborate on a Reading List, select Collaborator.  You will see a list of current collaborators.
Select Manage Collaborators.
To invite new collaborators, enter their names or emails. Select Send Invitation.