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A guide for instructors and other staff on how to set up course resource lists in Canvas.

New Interface coming in June 2024

On June 24, 2024, Course Resources will be updated with a new look that is less cluttered, cleaner, and easier to navigate. Learn more.

The BC Libraries’ Course Resources tool in Canvas is designed to help instructors work with the library to incorporate library materials in their courses. Instructors can use the tool to build reading lists that include books, chapters, articles, and videos owned by the library, web resources, and more.


  • Organize readings by sections, weekly or by topic. Add class notes for your students.
  • Link to affordable and accessible resources such as books, chapters, articles, open access material, and websites. 
  • Request purchases of resources not in the library collection. 
  • Reuse Course Resources lists in other courses or future semesters.
  • Use the Library Discussion to ask questions and get updates on your readings.

This page contains instructions to help you get started. For individualized help with choosing resources, contact your subject librarian.

Access Course Resources

screenshot of canvas left navigation menuStart in Canvas. If your Canvas site is not yet available, use the direct access. 





If you had a library resource list from the past, it should appear in Course Resources under the LIST menu.

screenshot of list menu

Lists are rolled over from year to year based on course code, section, and term. You may see lists that do not belong to you. Feel free to ignore lists you do not want. We will be cleaning up old lists over the next year.

If the course, section, and term remain the same, then you should see your old list attached to your current course. If you do not, you can associate an old list with your current course.  Use the top menu and choose: Manage course association.  

​screenshot showing course association link​


In order for your list to be processed by the library, the list must be sent to the library. Click SEND TO LIBRARY, after which the list status will change from DRAFT to PUBLISHED. As soon as the list is sent, it will be visible to students.

Create a new List

  1. In Canvas, click Course Resources in the left-navigation and choose Create new list.
  2. Add a Title. (course name)
  3. Pick a TemplateDefault (blank) or Weekly. Templates provide an organizational structure for your list and can be edited. 
  4. Associate your List with a course. If you did not enter through Canvas you will be asked to associate your list to a course. You can do that now or later.
  5. Add a NEW SECTION and ADD ITEMS.  

Add collaborators

Collaborators can help manage or edit your list. To add a TA, Designer, or Librarian to your list, select the arrow to expand the Collaborators tab. Enter a name or full BC email address ( If you do not find a name, add the person to your Canvas course as a TA or Designer. Once added to your course, they will appear on the list of collaborators to invite.

screenshot of collaborators screen

To change a person's role from a Collaborator (Can edit list) to an Owner (Can manage list), select Manage collaborators.

Select the button for the collaborator whose permissions you wish to change and select Allow collaborator to manage list to make that person a list Owner. Select the remove name from list button ("x" icon) to delete a Collaborator.