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University Library - support for academic staff: Supporting your teaching

Ordering Teaching Materials

Books, eBooks and AV materials

Books to support your teaching are ordered via ReadingLists@Hull

There is a central budget for purchasing the books, ebooks and AV materials listed on reading lists. This budget will be managed by the Library on each campus. The Library is now asking academics to add the learning resources your students require to the appropriate online module resource list.   This will ensure students' needs are met, reduce the administrative burden for academics and provide a more strategic approach to the acquisition of teaching resources.

The Reading List Support guide provides a step-by-step guidance to ordering books via ReadingLists@Hull.


Digital Texts

The Library can digitise journal articles and book chapters which are heavily in demand for teaching.  If you would like the library to  digitise articles and book chapters this can be done via an online form.  Further guidance is available via the Reading List Support guide.


For information on how to include archive materials in teaching, through workshops or the VLE, contact the acting University Archivist, Simon Wilson -

Hull University Archives (HUA)

HUA staff are able to run ‘Introduction to Archives’ sessions at Hull History Centre. The sessions last 2 hours and involve an introductory talk and a display of archival material.

The sessions explore what archives are, how they can be discovered and the challenges associated with using them for research. The sessions also aim to highlight available sources for specific areas of research, whilst the display of archival material can be tailored to the needs of a specific course.

Staff are also able to offer behind the scenes tours which aim to give students an understanding of how an archival repository works. Tours generally last an hour and can accommodate a maximum of 12 students. For further details contact Simon Wilson, University Archivist

Exam Papers

It is a University requirement (ratified by ULTAC) that a copy of every exam paper is stored in Hydra, the University repository for consistency of service and as an authoritative source of such information.  To view exam papers it is necessary to sign into Hydra using your University User ID and password.

Skills Support

The Library's Skills Team supports the University’s strategic support for skills development, combining elements of student support from other pre-existing teams.

The Skills Team consists of Skills Advisers who provide a wide range of student facing services including personal appointments, skills resource development, workshops and peer mentoring schemes. We also provide consultancy services to academics, providing advice and resources to promote skills development within the curriculum.

For further information email

Information Literacy

The Skills team can also provide support for academics who wish to integrate information literacy skills development within their modules and programmes. 

For further information email


The University Archivist can support academics who wish to integrate the use of archival materials within modules and programmes. 

For further information email