Learning resources, reading lists and textbooks

We work with you to provide your students with access to their learning resources and reading lists.  Submit your learning resources for the coming semester or update your lists anytime. Enhance your students' learning by applying best practice in selecting resources and updating your lists.

Manage your reading lists

Submit your learning resources for the coming semester

Send us your learning resources at least eight weeks prior to the start of the semester via your Electronic Course Profile (ECP) so they are ready for week one of teaching as per the Course Design Policy [3.20.07]. We will create accessible, copyright compliant reading lists. Once published, the lists are available to your students in Learn.UQ (Blackboard) and via the Library. 

NEW: You can update your reading lists throughout the semester. See the Update your reading lists tab for details.

Update required and recommended learning resources in your ECP

Send us details of learning resources by updating your ECP. We use the information from your ECP to populate your reading list:

  1. Log in to the Electronic Course Profiles System.
  2. Review and update sections 3.1 Required Resources and 3.2 Recommended Resources.
  3. Click the Confirm button to send the resources (including any changes) to the Library and to School Locker. 
How to format and organise your resources

Include items and textbooks that are required, compulsory, essential or mandatory in section 3.1 Required Resources. Enter the recommended resources in section 3.2 Recommended Resources.

  • List each item on a separate line.
  • Include an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) if possible.

See Add a Learning Resource for instructions to add, edit or move a resource in your ECP.

Course readers

If you have a course reader, be clear in your course profile which readings are in the reader.

  • If the reader is not produced by UQ Print (formerly Print on demand (POD)), you need to supply us with a copy for students to borrow. Email learningresources@library.uq.edu.au to arrange delivery.
  • We will provide a copy when the reader is produced by POD.


Email us further readings and long lists of resources

Email learningresources@library.uq.edu.au to send us:

  • further readings in your ECP listed outside the Required and Recommended readings sections.
  • long lists of readings (including journal articles and book chapters).

Required textbooks must be submitted via your Electronic Course Profile.

Organise your further resources

Long lists of resources can be supplied in the following formats:

  • Word document
  • spreadsheet
  • PDF
  • RIS
  • CSV

Lists should clearly indicate the course code and semester and the information listed in the table below:

DOI/ISBN Title Author(s) Edition/Year Importance (required, recommended or further) Preferred order (by week or topic)
  • Organise the materials into Required (anything required, compulsory, essential or mandatory), Recommended and Further (anything supplemental, additional, further, useful or general) reading.
  • Tell us if readings should be ordered (e.g. by teaching week or topic).
  • If you have a course reader,  list the readings it contains.

If you are reusing an existing list of readings:

  • Highlight new items.
  • Indicate any you would like removed.


On receiving your learning resources information we will:

Organise your textbook

Students are expected to buy the required textbooks. We provide a limited number of textbooks to ensure equitable access to resources.

Number of copies

We purchase items from your Electronic Course Profile in line with our Collection Management Policy:

  • Required resources - one copy per 100 students (rounded up), with a minimum of two copies and a maximum of 15 copies across all campuses.
  • Recommended resources - one copy of the title across all campuses.

The Library collection includes a large number of electronic textbooks, however, restrictive conditions imposed by publishers mean that the Library cannot always provide access to them. See eTextbooks for courses for more information.

Open textbooks

Open textbooks are growing in significance and offer a quality, cost-effective alternative to traditional textbooks. Contact your librarian for more information or start your search at our Open educational resources (OER) guide. 

Prescribing your own textbook

If you are prescribing your own textbook, you are required to provide sufficient copies to the Library. Email learningresources@library.uq.edu.au to confirm the number of copies and arrange delivery.

See the Use of Required Textbooks Written by Staff Procedure [150.08].

Student access to learning resources outside semester

Reading lists are available during the semester only. Where readings are required for supplementary examinations, students can:

  1. access most readings via Library Search
  2. request document delivery to access digitised/scanned readings not available in Library Search.


Support students with disabilities

We provide resources in accessible formats for your students, such as books and articles for when there is no suitable electronic version.

  • If asked, encourage your students to contact a Diversity, Disability, and Inclusion Adviser to discuss their situation and activate UQ and Library Support services.
  • The Library can assist with requests for scanning material. Submit your requests as far ahead as possible as this Service can take can take 5 – 10 working days.

For further information, please contact the library.

Update your reading lists during the semester

New in 2021: you can now update your reading lists yourself! Get access to the system and then update your published lists in real time. This is a quick and easy alternative to emailing us your changes. 

Email us to request editing access

Email learningresources@library.uq.edu.au to request access to edit your lists. Please include the relevant course codes. Requests are usually processed within one working day.

Log in and access your lists

Once you have access:

  1. Visit the Reading list system
  2. Click the Log in button to sign in with your UQ username and password.

Update your lists

You can:

  • add and remove items.
  • add notes for your students.
  • add sections to organise resources (e.g. by teaching week or topic).

Contact us for assistance

We are here to help you. Email learningresources@library.uq.edu.au, or contact your librarian for advice and support. 

Email the Library your updates

You can also email us updates to your reading lists. Email your changes to learningresources@library.uq.edu.au

Apply best practice

Equity, diversity and inclusion

A diverse reading list supports an inclusive approach to your course and reduces barriers to engagement. Use the How diverse are my reading lists guide from Huddersfield University, UK, to assess your reading list for diversity.

Realistic expectations

Consider the length of your list and make reading requirements achievable. It is onerous to maintain a list of hundreds of items and daunting for students to navigate. Ensure all included items are relevant. Encourage students to use their digital literacy skills to search for further material.

Set importance

The significance of the resource should be indicated clearly. The Electronic Course Profile System asks for Required and Recommended resources. The Talis reading list system allows you to clearly indicate this, as well as providing access to any Further resources.

Improve navigation

A well structured list will guide student learning. Organise your learning resources by week or topic. If you have a course reader, be clear in the course profile about which readings it contains.

Prefer electronic resources

The Library has an e-preferred policy for learning resources, meaning we acquire books, journals and other resources in electronic format wherever possible. Choose items that are readily available – out of print material can be difficult for the Library and students to source.

Choose a variety of formats

A variety of formats can assist students with accessibility requirements as well as supporting different learning styles. We provide a digitisation service to supply high-quality, copyright compliant scans of portions of books and journal articles for your course reading list. As well as books and journals, choose a range of resource types: videos, data sets, digital objects.

Keep lists current

Review your reading lists each semester and remove items no longer relevant. Ensure the most recent edition of a title is used. If an older edition is used, add a note to say why. Send us your learning resources requirements eight weeks prior to the start of the semester so we can place orders for any new materials.

Open educational resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources are educational materials, including open textbooks, that are licensed in ways that allow us to legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. Open textbooks provide a low cost solution to the access barriers created by the use of traditionally published eTextbooks as well as offering you the opportunity to custom-build the core learning materials for your courses. Consider adopting, adapting or authoring an open textbook for your course.

Support options

Your liaison librarian

Contact your librarian for assistance building your reading lists or selecting the best resources.

Learning Resources

Email learningresources@library.uq.edu.au for any assistance with your reading lists.