Faculty Services: Course Readings


Leganto Reading Lists - Preferred Method

Leganto is a library tool that combines the power of Omni and Blackboard to create interactive online reading lists for courses. Leganto is the most effective way to provide access to course readings outside of required textbooks. Through Leganto, instructors indicate what readings are required for courses, and the library ensures they're available. By using Leganto for your readings, you partner with library professionals to ensure reliable, consistent access to online readings.
See the guide Leganto: Create Lists for Course Readings & Resources for step-by-step instructions on setting up your readings.

Other Methods

Leganto is the preferred method because it offers students consistency and reliability when finding readings.

  • They are always accessed through the Blackboard "Readings & Resources" menu link.
  • All links are tested and maintained by expert library staff.

If for some reason you are unable to use Leganto, these are other options available.


In your Blackboard course you can provide links to our licensed resources, or upload a digital resource that's copyright-cleared.


  • Linking is not copying or distributing, so copyright clearance is not usually required for linking to an article/chapter/book.  Using Omni permalinks for this ensures that Trent students have access through their MyTRENT login. 
  • Be careful to link to legal sources, such as those licensed by the library and found through Omni.
  • Using links helps the Library evaluate the relevance of our resources, because our usage statistics reflect actual use.
  • Providing students with a direct link is a cost-effective and time-saving method of offering course material. 

Digital Resource

Digital resources include works that are scanned to create an electronic copy and documents that are downloaded.

See Copyright Resources for Faculty: a webpage from the Trent University Copyright Office  to help Faculty navigate the copyright clearance process.

  • Copyright Digitization Form: Complete the form to post a digital copy of a work in Blackboard. Staff will check copyright for you and maintain a record of what's being used by the University.

Library Reserve

The Library Reserve collection keeps hard-copy complete works (books, DVDs, maps, etc.) on short-term loan. No photocopied material is kept on Reserve; to make photocopied material available, post a "digital resource" in your Blackboard course.  Consider using a link instead.

Information on Reserves:


These are not done through the library.  Contact the Bookstore if this is your preference.

You should ensure this is NOT material that's available online through the Library, to avoid having students pay for material twice.  Consider how much of the information could be provided with links to Library resources instead. Contact your Liaison Librarian for help finding permanent links.

Provide Full Citations

You can provide students with complete citations to material in the Library, and help them learn how to access the article easily. 

Omni makes it easy for your students to find readings, whether they're articles, books chapters, or full books.

Using Library Resources

License Information Database. This database tells you which resources purchased for the Library can be:

  • copied for inclusion in your Blackboard course
  • placed on Reserve
  • included in coursepacks
  • linked from a webpage.

Search this database for information by publisher/database.

Get Help

Contact your Liaison Librarian for help with any of these processes.