Getting Started with Leganto

Ex Libris Leganto is a tool that enables you to easily create, maintain, evaluate, and share course resource lists.


This article is intended for faculty.


Canvas and Leganto Reading List

What Is Leganto?

Leganto is an online application that supports the creation and management of course resource lists. Instructors can build, maintain, and share resource lists that include all material types, library staff can provide resources efficiently, and students can access all course materials in one place and from any device. Leganto integrates with the IC library's system, Canvas, mobile apps, and citation tools. 

Is Leganto Available for Everyone to Use?

The TLT Team has been rolling out the Leganto tool with a small user group of faculty that had expressed an interest in piloting the new tool, but Leganto is also available for all faculty to add to their Canvas course sites. The user group was created to provide additional support from IT and Library staff during the beginning period of the new tool. If you are interested in learning more about Leganto or joining the user group, please email

What Types of Resources Can I Add to My Reading List?

With Ex Libris Leganto, you can assemble materials of all types — physical books, online or digitized book chapters, scholarly articles, videos, newspaper articles, websites, and any other type of material — to create a structured, comprehensive resource list. You can build a resource list by yourself or collaborate with others, such as colleagues or librarians.

Can Students Add Items to Reading Lists?

Only users designated as "collaborators" are able to add, edit, and delete reading lists. Students are able to view, download, and add comments to discussions about resources. If you have a student Teaching Assistant that you would like to grant "collaborator" permissions, please contact TLT or the Library to change these permissions. 

Getting Started Using Leganto 

 Leganto, or Course Readings, should be added by default to your course site. It will be visible on the left sidebar navigation for your course.

Setting Up Your New Reading List

Once you have added Leganto to your Canvas site, it's time to set up your new reading list so that you can add items.

  1. Click on the Course Readings link in your Canvas site to launch the creation of your new list.
  2. Click the "Create It" button.
  3. In the "Title" text box, type the name of your course.
    • NOTE: You will not be able to change this title after this step. You can update the description at any time.
  4. Click the "Create" button to advance to the next step.
  5. Click "Blank" under the template section to start your new list.
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  6. Now you will need to create a new section to put your items into. Click the "new section" button.
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  7. Title your section and click "Create" to finalize the creation of your section.
  8. Now you can click on the blue "+" icon to add items to your reading list.

Next Steps: 

How to Add, Copy, and Delete Sections in your reading list

Adding Items to Leganto Reading List

Adding the Cite It Widget to Your Browser

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