Reading lists: what you need to know

We know it may be tempting to look up your module reading lists and rush to buy your books, but please don’t buy any books at this point unless you have been instructed to do so by your school or lecturer.

In the Templeman Library we work with your lecturers to ensure we have sufficient copies of the books you will need. Many resources are also available online. You can check on LibrarySearch to see what’s there.

If you get to campus and decide to buy some of the books from your reading list, that’s fine! There is a book shop called Blackwells at the Canterbury campus and more places to shop in the city centre as well as the usual online options.

You can request extra resources in the Templeman library too and if resources prove to be popular we’ll do our best to buy more and meet the demand. Be sure to reserve books you need so that we can see the need for more copies.

We’ll let you know what books you need

Your lecturer creates your reading list and uses the following categories to let you know which books are the most important for your module. In the library we use these categories to work out how many copies of each book we should aim to buy. This means there should always be enough essential readings for you to borrow!

suggested for student purchase: your lecturer recommends having your own personal copy. We will still have copies in the library.

core (must read): this will include essential text books, seminar readings and documents that are required for you to progress in your studies.

recommended (should read): these items will be useful for further depth in your studies. They will support your learning and may be particularly useful for essays and assignments.

background (could read): these will be items that are not essential to passing your module but will give you a further, wider view of your subject and may be useful for essays and assignments.

Any questions?

Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you’d like help about using your reading list effectively or if you have any problems. You can also read our blog post ‘Get to know your reading list’, which has some more detail about the features of the reading list system and helps you use it to it’s full potential!

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