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How to use the Reading List Service (Leganto)

This guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to access and create your course reading lists in the Reading List Service through D2L

Guide for Instructors

The Reading List Service is a collaborative web app that simplifies the creation and availability of Course Reading Lists. The Reading List Service is integrated with the library collection and supports multiple interfaces to enable instructors to add materials to their reading lists from different sources such as the library’s collections, databases, websites, bookstores, and the instructor's reference manager.

Instructors can create their own reading lists through the Reading List Service web app, called Leganto, and send it directly to Libraries and Cultural Resources for library review. Videos on creating the list are located on this page.

If you would like a reading list created for you, please send your course reading list directly to us at and we will create the list for you as a co-collaborator where you can work with a staff member to review your list before it is published for students. We also offer demos and individual walk throughs of the service.

Reading List Service Step-by-Step Instructions

Quick Reading List Access

1. How to get from D2L to the Reading List Service

1. Go to D2L and select the class you would like to access the reading list for:


2. Navigate to the "My Tools" dropdown menu and select "Reading List (Leganto)":


3. Select the specific reading you would like to access:

2. Create a List

Please select "Create a new reading list from scratch" to add sections and course readings to your reading list.

Alternatively, you can send your course reading list as pdf or word document to and our Reading List Team will create a reading list for you in the Reading List Service.

3. Add Sections to a List

Sections can be for example Module 1, Module 2 or Week 1, Week 2, etc.

4. Add Readings to a Section

There are multiple ways to add resources to the sections in your reading list:

Use the Reading List Service Search feature to find readings already in the library collection. This is the best way to add readings when you already know the title and author and will automatically clear copyright. For physical items such as books that are not currently in our collection, you will be asked if you want to contact your subject librarian, digitize chapters or request to purchase a copy.

Use the Cite It! Widget to add citations from websites such as YouTube, Amazon, etc.

Use the Upload feature for documents you already own. This is useful if you have PowerPoint slides, pdf documents, or others you have your students read.

5. Clear Copyright

Every resource that is added through the search function in the Reading List Tool has been previously received copyright clearance and is instantaneously available for your students.

For all other resources, the copyright office has to first clear it and therefore you have to always click "Library Review" after finalizing your reading list. This process can take 4-5 weeks as it can also entail digitization of chapters, purchase of requested book, etc.

6. Publish Reading List

Once the copyright office has finished reviewing a reading list, click "Publish". This ensures the reading list is visible to students. When published, you can always add new resources without having to click publish again. Newly added resources have to be first reviewed by the copyright office to be visible to students.