Q. Can I add print resources to my reading list?
Any essential resources that will directly support teaching and assessment should be available online.
If you do want to add some further reading to your list that is only available in print, then you should ensure that you have provided guidance on the reading list on accessing these materials, i.e. that use of these resources is optional rather than expected.
We are not currently able to purchase new print resources. Access to existing print resources is likely to be affected into the new academic year whilst measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic continue. It is therefore advisable only to include print resources on reading lists which are already in our collections and to be clear with students around your expectations for their access and use of these materials.
These are some of the factors which inform this recommendation:
- We do not know when we will be able to order print items for the Library again
- We do not know how long it will take for items to arrive from our suppliers who may also be facing difficulties
- We do not know when we will be able to have the staff in the building to process new print stock to make it available
- We do not know yet when we will return to full self-service access to physical Library collections at our campuses
- We anticipate that we may be moving back and forth between phases in the University’s overall business continuity plan, which may mean that self-service access to physical Library collections is available for some but not all of the time for at least the beginning of academic year 2020/21.