Academic staff – call for reading list material

To ensure that the books needed for students are available at the start of semester one, we need to know about any items of recommended reading for your course (whether key texts or additional reading).  Please let us know as soon as possible  and by 9th August at the latest.

Please note, that if your reading list has no changes from last year you do not need to submit it again.

Please let us know about new books or new editions that you want, or if the number of students on your course has increased (we will then need your reading list and the number of students). If your course is completely new please submit your full reading list with plenty of time for us to provide all the books.  Please note that we will again be giving preference to eBook copies of titles where available as this provides access to all HWU students.

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How to request recommended reading:

Edinburgh or Orkney Campuses

If books are needed at the Edinburgh or Orkney campuses please send your reading lists to libord@hw.ac.uk with the information below or use the book order form at https://www.hw.ac.uk/is/library-essentials/book-request.htm#top.

Via email – please send the following information:

  • Title and code of the course
  • Details of the items needed (as much information as possible is helpful, e.g., author, title, edition, ISBN, publisher, year)
  • Number of expected students
  • If an item is a key text
  • If the item is to be available as a three hour loan (rather than for week or standard loan (16 weeks))
  • If there is a reason to provide a print rather than an eBook copy.

Via the online form (for Edinburgh and Orkney campuses only currently):

Items on reading lists can also be requested using the book request form which is accessed from the link on the “Suggest a book” page . Please select ‘Yes’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is the book on a reading list?’ and select your School or Institute at the bottom.

Dubai or Malaysia Campuses

If you also need copies of books to be available at the Dubai and/or Malaysia campuses please contact the libraries directly as they place their own orders for stock. They can be contacted at DubaiLibHelp@hw.ac.uk and MYLibrary@hw.ac.uk respectively.

Scottish Borders Campus

If books are for the Scottish Borders Campus please contact J.H.McIntyre@hw.ac.uk

IDL students

If books on your course are needed by IDL students please make sure that the books are available as eBooks before your list is given to students. We are happy to check for you to see if an eBook is available. Unfortunately not all titles are available as eBooks and IDL students have previously reported problems reading material recommended by staff. Please let me know if you want more information about this or to see if a title is available as an eBook.

ALP students

If titles on your course are needed by ALP students please be aware that we do not purchase books for ALP libraries and individual ALP libraries are responsible for their own purchasing. However ALP students do have access to our eResources so will be able to use any eBooks on reading lists.

Wider reading

To request books to support students’ wider reading for research, dissertations, theses, projects etc. please again use the request form link on the “Suggest a book” page  and select ‘No’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is the book on a reading list?’ and select your School or Institute at the bottom. These items are automatically forwarded to the School’s Information Services Primary Contact (ISPC) for approval and will not be purchased until he or she has approved them.

Journal articles and book chapters

If you require online copies of book chapters or journal articles, this can be done through our digital copies service, please see https://www.hw.ac.uk/services/is/learning-teaching/technology/digital-copies-service.htm.

If you have any questions please contact Ellen Peacock, Acquisitions & Metadata Manager (e.peacock@hw.ac.uk Ext 3573)

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