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Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO): Getting started

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for academics, administrators and staff at the University of Oxford seeking list creation support in Oxford Reading Lists Online (ORLO).

Use this LibGuide to find out how to create and edit reading lists in ORLO, upload digitisations and embed lists in Canvas.

If you are a student, please see our guidance on how to use your ORLO lists here.



Welcome to ORLO

ORLO is the online reading list tool integrated into Canvas, which supports inclusive teaching provision across the University of Oxford. From these lists, students can directly access electronic resources, scanned extracts and see the live library availability of their course reading materials. ORLO benefits students, academics and librarians alike; please see the guide below to learn how setting up an ORLO list for your course could have a positive impact on teaching and learning. 

In Academic Year 2023/24 the Bodleian Libraries will be implementing Leganto, a new ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online) platform to manage University online reading lists. Leganto promises a more streamlined service and better access to library collections, along with better export options and support for non-Latin scripts. Existing ORLO reading lists will be bulk migrated to the Leganto system in April 2024. The new platform will go live to list owners in May 2024 and live to students in July 2024. Please note students will have uninterrupted access to 2023/24 reading lists throughout the implementation. A full programme of support and training will be provided in due course, and information will be added to the Leganto tab on this LibGuide.

Please see the various pages of this LibGuide for further details on Admin and List Creation, Bookmarking, Canvas, Digitisations, Inheriting an ORLO list, Rollover and Training.

Where is ORLO?

Trying to find ORLO? Please click the link below:

For help with ORLO, including requesting ORLO list publisher permissions to create, edit and publish lists, please contact your subject librarian. You can also email for help setting up your reading list in ORLO.