Leganto - Create Lists for Course Readings & Resources

A guide for instructors.

Leganto Introductory Video

The 2-minute video provides an overview of how Leganto works and what it can do for you.

Leganto is a collaborative web app for creating and managing course readings and resource material. It helps instructors select resources from a variety of sources, involves library staff to manage access and availability, and provides students with direct access to the readings.

Students and instructors login to Leganto through their Blackboard courses: look for the link to "Readings & Resources".

Three Stages for Providing Students with Resources

These are the stages you go through to make course readings available to students.

  1. Create a list through Blackboard and add items ("citations") to it.
  2. Send the list for library review (to ensure availability, linking, and copyright compliance).
  3. Publish the list for students to see in your Blackboard course.

This guide outlines the processes at each stage.

Quick Start Options

Need to get up and running soon?

See our "5-Minute Quick-Start" page for getting going now.

Or, follow the red menu for step-by-step directions on required tasks. Start at the top and move down the menu. When you get to "Publish Your List to Students", you've done all the essentials and your list is ready to go.

All required procedures are indicated. When there are options, the option identified as "Quick Start" is probably the quickest.

Once you get more comfortable, you're going to want to add features, and you can move down the list for more advanced options.


Don't panic - we're right here. Librarians and support staff are ready to do what we can to make your lists work.


Click the link to book a 30-minute virtual appointment with a Librarian to help you with your list. Select a date and time that works for you.

If you think you need longer, let us know when you book and we'll extend the time limit.

Send a Syllabus

Send your syllabus to library@trentu.ca and we'll get it started for you. You'll still be able to make updates or modifications later.

Send a Question

Email any question or concern to library@trentu.ca. Your message will be sent to the best person to give you a speedy and accurate response.

Post a Note

Leganto lists are designed to maintain a conversation between the instructor(s) and the library. When you click "Library Discussion" in your list, it notifies the person working on your list that there's a message. You can do this at the list level or the citation level. This keeps all our conversations in context so we don't need to waste time finding the item in question and remembering what was said previously.

When you receive a response, you'll see it in your "Notifications" bell in the top right corner of your Leganto screen. Click the bell to see all your messages and links to the specific part where they appear. You also receive a daily email when you have new notifications.