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Everything you wanted to know about Reading Lists but were afraid to ask!


Reading lists in Oliver v5

Reading Lists are a valuable tool in Oliver v5, which library staff can use to help their borrowers easily locate specific resources.

Some suggested topics for Reading Lists are:

  1. Class assignments
  2. Special occasions (i.e. Christmas, Easter, Halloween)
  3. Popular authors
  4. Popular series
  5. ‘If you liked….’ OR ‘What to read after…..’
  6. Reading awards/challenges
  7. Reading by genre
  8. Suggested reading from teachers, e.g. Mr. Brown’s Favourite Books
  9. The Premier’s Reading Challenge
  10. CBCA (Children’s book Council of Australia) shortlist

Reading Lists are set up using Oliver’s Authority Control area and can easily be created either by scanning barcodes or by running a search and selecting the appropriate resources from a list. You can also add individual resources to a Reading List by editing the resource’s cataloguing record. Resources can be used in multiple Reading Lists at the same time.

Oliver v5 lets you sort your Reading Lists into a hierarchy format to keep them organised and easy to find. Simply click on the + icon to see more detailed information.

Reading lists Hierarchy
Reading lists Hierarchy

Another cool feature is the ability to add an image or icon to represent the Reading List. The icon will appear next to the Reading List as well as on the search results page next to each of the resources in the List. If a student clicks on an icon they will be able to view the entire contents of the Reading List.

Genre icons in Oliver
Reading lists icons

Reading Lists are very easy to manage in Oliver v5. Lists that are linked to an assignment can be set to expire at the end of the assignment. Lists can also be merged or deleted.

Don’t forget that Reading Lists are a quick and easy way to populate book carousels on the Oliver v5 Home Page.

For more help with Reading Lists in Oliver v5, click on the links below to view a series of short video guides.


Everything you wanted to know about Reading Lists but were too afraid to ask


  1. How to create a new Reading List and add resources to it
  2. How to manage your Reading Lists by merging your lists and adding an image to represent your list
  3. How to manage your Reading Lists and put them into hierarchy format
  4. How to delete unwanted Reading Lists



More helpful Oliver v5 tips and tricks

  • Did you know that Oliver isn’t just a Library Management System? You can use Oliver to keep track of resources throughout your entire school. Read this blog post to learn more.
  • This blog post covers using Oliver to keep track of your school archival information.
  • Learn how to increase student engagement with Oliver v5’s enhanced Resource Reviews in this blog post.

Editor’s note: this post was originally published in January 2017 and was updated for freshness, relevance and accuracy in February 2020.