• A book:
    • Is  a multi-page resource in a book-like format, with chapters and subchapters.
    • Can contain media files as well as text.
    • Is useful for displaying lengthy passages of information which can be broken down into sections.
    • Chapters and subchapters can easily be rearranged and printed.
  • A book may be used:
    • To display reading material for individual modules of study.
    • As a staff departmental handbook.
    • As a showcase portfolio of student work.
  • If used as a student activity, the book resource can be customised to make it only visible to an individual student and lecturer.

Add a book

  1. In your Moodle paper, select the Edit mode toggle to on in the top right hand corner.
  2. Select Add activity or resource at the bottom of your section or topic.
  3. In the Activities and resources picker, select the Resources tab, then select Book.
  4. Add a book Name and optionally a Description.
  5. Select Save and return to paper or Save and display.

Add chapters

Add the first chapter

  1. In your Moodle section or topic, click on the Book title.
  2. In Add new chapter, enter the Chapter title and Content.
  3. Under the Content text box, select Save changes.

Add more chapters

  1. Select the Edit mode toggle to on in the top right hand corner.
  2. If it isn't already open, select the block drawer at the top right of the screen to expand it.
  3. You should be able to view the first chapter you created.
  4. To the right of your first chapter click on the plus icon (+).
  5. Enter the Chapter title and Content in the text boxes.
  6. You can add additional chapters as needed and can then view the results like so.

Restrict access

Follow these steps to restrict access to a Book to one or more students.

  1. Follow steps 1, 2 and 3 of Add book, (or select Edit settings in the Book's settings menu), then select Restrict access, then Add restriction.
  2. Click User profile.
  3. Select Choose to the right of User profile field to open a drop-down menu, then select a suitable restriction, e.g. ID number, Department, Last name. To set more than one restriction, select Add restriction again.
  4. Finally, select Save and return to paper or Save and display.


  • Via the Add restriction menu, you can also select Group to use the Book resource as a group activity, or Date to make it a time-limited activity.