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Textbooks and study materials


You have the responsibility of purchasing textbooks and it is important you know what text books you require as they are an important resource for your study. Your course specification for each course lists the textbooks required for each course.

You are able to be purchase textbooks from the USQ Bookshop at the following locations:

The USQ Bookshop online textbook search facility contains the latest information (including price and availability) on the textbooks for each course. Operating hours and conditions of pick-up for each campus bookshop are also outlined on the USQ Bookshop website.

Second-hand textbooks

The USQ Bookshop provides a second-hand textbook service called StudyTexts. This service allows you to buy and sell current textbooks from other students.

Students also occasionally advertise books for sale on course discussion groups and the USQ general discussion group. You can access course discussion groups from your USQStudyDesk.

If you are an on-campus student, used textbooks are often advertised on notice boards across the campus.

Textbooks at the Library

All campus libraries hold at least one copy of all textbooks and recommended readings for each course.

Textbooks and popular recommended readings are held in the Course Readings Collection of each Library. Other recommended readings are held in the Main Collection.

Study materials

Most courses have materials which are delivered online via the course content page within your USQStudyDesk. If you are studying by distance some of these materials are provided to you via a study package which may consist of a course CD, an Introductory Book (overview, assessment details, communications, etc), Study Book (course content) and Selected Readings (reference materials). The print version of many courses can be purchased through Print Express or the Bookshop, if required.

All our students require access to a computer with Internet connection and a CD drive. You will need to check the USQ Handbook for course and program information and our computing requirements prior to enrolling to ensure that your delivery choice is compatible with your learning needs.

Study packs are dispatched progressively as they become available, usually before each semester commences. You will receive an email when your study package has been despatched, outlining the contents and a consignment number. After your package has been despatched you can check it's progress via the Study Package Status page within the UDo tab of UConnect.

Getting started

To enable you to have quick and early access to your learning materials, the Introductory Book and the first module of the Study Book for each course will be available at least one week prior to the start of semester via the USQStudyDesk from UConnect.