Textbooks & learning resources

Questions about textbooks? Here’s what Academic staff can do before session

Set a textbook for your subject

For the best possible student access to textbooks at the start of the session check the following:

  • The textbook is the latest edition.
    • Superseded textbooks generally will not be available for purchase once the publisher’s stocks are depleted.
  • The textbook is commercially available for sale.
    • If it is not in stock with the normal retailers or publishers, students will not be able to purchase it.
    • Add notes on the Textbook List indicating how students can purchase/access their textbooks, such as links to the publisher’s website.
    • If you are not sure what purchase/access information needs to be listed on the Textbook List, the Library Acquisitions Team will be able to assist.
  • Confirm prescribed and recommended textbooks on the Textbook List at least 8 weeks prior to the start of session.
    • Publishers, retailers and the Library utilise this page to order accordingly and need significant lead times to ensure adequate stocks are made available for purchase.
    • Students use this page to ensure they have got the right textbook at the start of session.
  • Ensure textbook details on the Subject Interact site match what is listed on Textbook List.
    • It saves the Library and students from lots of confusion about what is the right textbook.
    • Edit details on the Textbook List or in the subject site so they align.
  • Check the Library has the textbook in eBook format. Students increasingly rely on Library access to their textbooks.
  • Determine if students need access to the textbook for early-in-the-session assessment tasks.
    • Students may need extra access to Library copies in the first couple of weeks of session to facilitate access to readings and to complete assessment tasks while they organise purchase options.
    • "Print only" Library resources can be added to on campus Reserve for 2 hour loans using the Print Reserve Request Form. Items placed in Print Reserve are also more readily available for students to submit digitisation requests.
    • State in the Subject Outline what eBook access is available through the Library. Use the eBook Access Advice for Students in the eBooks Library Resource Guide.

Troubleshoot textbook access and supply problems

Students don’t have the right textbook or access to the textbook at the start of session
  • Confirm the right textbook details are listed on the Textbook List and advise students of the best way to purchase or access their textbooks (such as purchase from the publisher).
  • Check the information on the Textbook List matches with the Subject Outline on Interact. Subject coordinators are responsible for keeping this information up to date and consistent.
Students are unable to purchase their textbook
  • Check with the publisher that there are appropriate stocks for student purchase. If it is in stock, advise students of the best way to purchase/access their textbook. We recommend adding these details to both the Textbook List and the Subject Outline.
  • Ask if the Library Acquisitions Team can provide eBook access to the textbook.
  • If the textbook is out of print, liaise with the Library eReserve team as a matter of priority to organise alternate student access to textbook content. Out of print content will generally only be made available for the current cohort.
  • If the textbook will not be coming back into print, it is time to review the textbook. Discuss with your Head of School if additional time is needed and contact your Library Faculty Team for assistance in identifying a new title.
  • The Library may still have eBook access to this edition or older editions. Check in Primo to see what is available and discuss with your Library Faculty Team if the access options will be adequate for the cohort.
Students are not able to purchase their textbook in time to complete readings and assessments at the start of session
  • If students are not able to readily purchase/access the textbook, contact the Library eReserve team to discuss alternative access options. You may need to rewrite/reorder assessments and readings for future sessions to mitigate ongoing textbook access issues.
  • Submit a Print Reserve Request form for print items to be placed on Reserve.
Students are having problems accessing the eBook format of their textbook
Students are having problems accessing the print format of their textbook
  • Give students information on How to request items and digitisations.
  • Portions of a print book may be digitised for students to access online using the eReserve Request form. Copyright limits may apply: one chapter or 10% of the total pagination.
  • Print only resources may be added to on campus Reserve for 2 hour loans using the Print Reserve Request form. Please provide details, e.g. Chapter 2 required for week 2 online quiz.
Students are requesting digitisations/scans of their textbook and aren’t receiving them
  • Library items in high demand may take some time to be returned to the library if out on loan. We recommend that one copy of the text be placed in Reserve prior to the session starting. Once items are placed in Reserve, digitisation requests can be processed within two working days.
  • Generally, Copyright limits the amount of an item that can be digitised to one chapter or 10% of the pages in the book, whichever is greater.
  • Submit an Print Reserve Request form for print items to be placed on Reserve.
Students are having problems printing from the eBook version of their textbook
  • Advise students on the printing restrictions. The cause of eBook printing issues can vary depending on the eBook platform, publisher and access provided. Most frequently the issue is publisher imposed restrictions that allow library users to print out a set portion of the title every 24 hours.
  • Information on eBook printing restrictions are listed in brief on the Library eBooks page and in more detail in the eBooks Library Resource Guide.
  • If you are not sure about what restrictions apply to your title, contact your Library Faculty Team for further clarification.
What advice can I give students about relying on library eBook access instead of purchasing their textbook?
  • Your advice to students will depend on whether there is an open book exam or other circumstances that will require a personal copy of the text to be purchased.
  • To ensure that students can access the eBook version of their prescribed text, suggest that they follow the steps in our eBook etiquette video.
  • Give students further information about eBook use specific to the eBook platform.
I want to use a custom textbook
  • If you are thinking of using a custom textbook (a compilation of chapters from various titles within a publisher’s stable to create a new unique book), please first contact your Library Faculty Team to investigate if alternative access can be provided by the Library.
How do I change the textbook?
  • You may need extra time allocated for a subject rewrite, discuss with your Head of School.
  • Contact your Library Faculty Team for assistance in locating suitable learning resources and to determine possible Library access options.
Can I add a textbook to a Leganto Reading List?
  • A Leganto reading list is an ideal place to have the prescribed textbook listed. Leganto can link directly to the book, chapter or extract.
  • eBook chapters can be listed individually and by topic or week. Scanned chapters from print only books can also be included.
  • To get more information about Leganto, read our Leganto Guide.
  • Submit a request to the Library for a creation of a Leganto reading list.