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Leganto: How to Make Library "Reading Lists" in Your Courses

A way to integrate library materials such as articles, videos, e-books, & scanned chapters into your Canvas course.

Primo: Search for Library Materials

Use PRIMO to search for books, journals, articles, streaming videos, etc.


Bring the Entire Library Into Your Online Courses

With a new program called Reading Lists (Leganto) in Canvasyou can easily link a vast amount of library sources: books, e-books, articles, chapters, videos, reference works, & web sources, as required or suggested course readings, so that students can instantly view them, and the links won't break or cause confusion. You can also list on-campus course reserves and books for students to purchase. This program helps to organize all the readings for a course and to integrate the library's collection into any Canvas course!

These library sources are all free to students and can save them money by not having to purchase all readings. In addition to our existing digital articles, e-books, & videos, you can request we obtain new sources in our library collection or digitize sections of print sources we already own.

The library staff is dedicated to helping you build your reading lists and can be contacted at or through emailing librarians Denise Crews or Meredith Ader.  We can set up a session to show you how to use this program or to help you build your actual lists.

In Canvas, simply go to "Reading Lists" in the left margin menu, then create a "New List," then "Add Item" to see four options for adding sources:

1) "Find library resources" (search Primo, which will show both print & e-sources, and also suggest titles we don't have),
2) "Add non-library resources" (add a web URL or a resource we don't own that you can't find in the library search--and either request purchase or tell students to "please purchase" a book in a "Public Note"), 
3)  Search your own "My Resources," sources you've added to your own personal folder before, or
4) "Upload a file" from your computer.

Sources We Own: If we already own the e-book, digital video, or article you need, students can access the whole source online directly in the course! 

Purchase Requests: If you add a book we only have in print, you'll get a pop-up box asking if you want us to purchase it as an e-book.  E-books may not be available for all titles. The other options are to digitize a chapter or put the print book on reserves at the library desk.

Copying Print Chapters: You can use a section of our print library books online; just click the book title and scroll down to "Request PDF of Chapter" to have us scan up to 10% of the book for you.  You can also request that we scan a reference entry, such as in a Bible commentary,

Drawing from Other Libraries: We can also obtain an article or a book chapter we don't own from one of our partner libraries by requesting "Get a digital copy" (an ILL request) on the source's record in the library search. 

Books We Don't Own At All: If you know of a book you need, it's not coming up in the library resources search, click on "Add Non-Library Resources" and add in the title and author manually. Select "book" or "e-book." You'll get a pop-up box asking if you want to request purchase.

On-Campus Course Reserves: If you need a print book on reserve for an on-campus class, tag it as a course reserves book and decide how long students can check it out for.  It will be placed at the front desk for your students!

Note: You can always leave a note in "library discussion" or email the librarian or the library staff at regarding any issue.  

Please see detailed steps below, open our Quick Start guide, and watch these brief videos for faculty:

Steps: Adding Reading Lists & Items

1. Select "Reading Lists" in the left margin of Canvas. Then select "+ New List." Name your list (for example, "Required Readings," "Further Readings," or "Reference Works").  Expand the list screen (click the square with the arrow).

2. Then click "Add Items" and see the four options in blue to the right (screenshot below).  If you find a book in the Library Resources search that we don't own or don't have an e-book of, you can also make purchase requests (2nd screenshot below) and digitization requests for a chapter of a book by clicking on the book title & then "Request PDF" (3rd screenshot). You can also place print books on "course reserves" for on campus classes using the "tags."



3. If you are working in the program apart from Canvas, be sure to "associate list" with a course and, if necessary, add "collaborators" to work on the course with you.  When finished with your list, click "Send to the Library for Review." Then the library staff will process any requests or questions.

4. You may want to share a link to your reading list in the Syllabus section and Announcements of a course so students know all of these sources are provided!  To copy a link to your list, click on the drop-down menu or the small copy icon next to the title of the reading list, and copy the shareable link by pressing control + C. 

To move Reading Lists up in the Canvas menu, simply click "Settings" in the left margin, then "Navigation" and arrange menu items. 

To link a source in a module/unit, click on the three dots next to any source in your Reading List, and create a "shareable link" to then paste in your unit. Or, when editing a unit, click the "plug" icon and then "import citation" at the top of the edit box. 

Alternately, you can copy a Permalink (the chain icon and control + C) from any source in Primo, our library search system, or in a database, and paste it into any unit in your course, or you can download PDFs of an article or chapter from the library and upload them into a unit.  Librarians can help via an in-person meeting, video session, phone call, or email.  

5. See below for instructions for working in Leganto directly (not in Canvas) and how to add library sources directly into course modules (units/study folders).