Course Reading List Tool

The Virtual Library Experience

Your classes have moved online, and the Library is here to help!


The Vanderbilt Libraries’ Course Reading List tool in Brightspace is designed to help instructors incorporate library materials in their Brightspace courses. Instructors can use the tool to build reading lists that include books and articles owned by the library, videos, web resources, and more.


  • Instructors search the library catalog and link directly to resources; no need to deal with off-campus access or link maintenance
  • Course materials can be saved and reused in other courses or future semesters
  • Course materials lists are added to Brightspace course navigation so that students have easy access

This page contains instructions to help you get started, or you can check out some video tutorials. For individualized help, contact your subject librarian.

Navigation Overview

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Adding the Course Reading List to Brightspace

Add the Course Reading List tool to your Brightspace course in a few easy steps.

  • After you log into Brightspace, click Content and then Add a Module, naming it Course Readings.
  • Once a module is created select the Existing Activities button.
  • From there you will select External Learning Tools

Image adding a module  Image existing activities 

  • Select the Course Reading List option from External Learning Tools
  • The Course Reading List has now been linked to the module you created
  • For ease of access you will now need to modify the Course Reading List link
  • Click the down arrow, and select Edit Properties In-place
  • Next click on the box next to Open as External Resource