Western Libraries

Course Readings

Who can use Course Readings?

Course Readings is a service for instructors and students of courses administered by the Office of the Registrar offered by Western main campus, King's University College, Brescia University College, and St. Peter's Seminary.

What type of material can go in Course Readings?

Course Readings handles most types of items including books, book chapters, articles, websites, audio & video, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

Wherever possible, we will make the material available online as a file or web link. If the amount or nature of the work falls beyond the scope of fair dealing, the item will be placed on physical reserve for students to borrow at your preferred library.

Is there a deadline for submitting Course Readings?

Syllabi and item requests submitted one month prior to the start date of the course will receive priority. After this date, all readings will be processed as soon as possible, in the order they are received.

Please note that new purchases, items not held at Western Libraries to be acquired via Interlibrary Loans, and items requiring copyright clearance may take longer to make available.

What is the Course Readings Syllabus Service?

The Syllabus Service lets you send library staff your syllabus or reading list, and we'll do the rest, from start to finish. We will:

  • Enter citation information into the Course Readings system for each item
  • Scan and upload print book chapters and articles as high-quality, text-to-speech compatible PDFs
  • Ensure stable links to online resources
  • Arrange for short-term loan of physical items from your preferred library location
  • Place requests for new purchases for the Western Libraries collection
  • Apply copyright regulations and, where required, obtain copyright clearance from the rightsholder

See the steps for uploading your syllabus, or email coursereadings@uwo.ca

The Syllabus Service sounds great, but I only have a couple required readings...

That's no problem! You can use Course Readings to provide any number of readings, whether it's a single textbook on reserve at the library, or 100+ online articles.

Submitting your requests individually can help expedite processing. See the steps for making individual item requests.

How do I add Course Readings into my OWL course site?

When you are in OWL, viewing your OWL course site, select:

  1. Site Info (left side bar)
  2. Edit Tools (top menu bar)
  3. Scroll down and expand Plugin Tools
  4. Select Course Readings
  5. Continue

Detailed instructions are available here. If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact OWL Support at owl@uwo.ca

The items for my course say "Item activation pending". What does that mean?

Course Readings displays a live status for each item. Items with an "Item activation pending" status will be activated automatically when the course starts. Prior to the start date of the course, students cannot see any items. Students also cannot see items which have not been fully processed by library staff, e.g. "In reserves processing" or "Awaiting review by staff".