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Why use it?

A Moodle book is useful for displaying lengthy information. It is a multi-page resource organised in chapters and sub-chapters, which can contain text as well as embedded images and videos.

We highly recommend putting all administrative information into a book that students can easily access without it cluttering up your Moodle space. The following screenshots show examples (expand to view)

Example 1: revamp suggestion for GV101

A book within a Moodle space is much easier to access for students (compared to a series of PDFs, eg), and easier to update year by year for editors.

Example 2: SP410


Step 1: Add a Book

Go to the course page and Turn editing on. Scroll to the section where you want your Book to be displayed, click Add an activity or resource and pick Book.

Step 2: Settings

Tip: Click on the question mark icon next to any setting to display extra help or click on Moodle Docs for this page link at the bottom of each page in Moodle for accessing context-specific documentation.


Give the book a meaningful Name and optionally a Description.


Choose how you want the chapters and sub-chapters of the book to be displayed in the Table of Contents.

Chapter Formatting

  • None – Titles only, useful if you want to define your own numbering.

  • Numbers (default) – formatted as 1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, 2.1, 2.2, etc.

  • Bullets – Titles and sub-chapters appear with bullets and indented.

  • Indented – Sub-chapters appear indented.

Custom titles

Tick the box if you want a title different from the chapter title to be displayed on the content page. For example, you might use ‘Lecture One’ as Chapter title but want ‘Chapter One Introduction to Economics’ to appear above the content itself.

Click Save and display.

Step 3: Add chapters

Add the first chapter

Enter a Chapter Title and populate the Content area.

Note: Use the Moodle Text Editor tools to style your text. Should you wish to copy text that has already been written somewhere else, make sure that you use plain text as copied formatted text types will often cause layout issues.

Click Save changes.

Add more chapters

From the Table of contents add further chapters or sub-chapters by clicking on the plus sign icon . Repeat as above.


Step 4: Manage your chapters

Edit a chapter

From the Table of contents edit a chapter or a sub-chapters by clicking on the cog iconnext to it. 

Delete a chapter

From the Table of contents delete a chapter or a sub-chapter by clicking on the bin icon next to it. 

Hide a chapter

From the Table of contents hide a chapter or a sub-chapter by clicking on the eye icon next to it. 

Reorder chapters

From the Table of contents reorder chapters or a sub-chapter using the up/down arrows .

Export and Import chapters

From the Administration block:

  • to export a book, click Generate IMS CP

  • to import an IMS CP fil, click Import chapter

Step 5: Using the book

Navigation is possible both via:

  • the table of contents on the left, or

  • you may move through the book chapters using the arrows located on the top and the bottom of the content.


The whole book or selected chapters can be printed, which is available from the Administration block on the left-hand side of the course page.