We provide access to students' learning resources

What the Library will do

  • access your submitted electronic course profile (ECP) and create a reading list based on the learning resources you have listed
  • create lists by 'teaching week' or by 'topic' (learn about the Talis reading list system)
  • link or scan items to provide online access wherever possible for books, chapters, journal articles and audio/video content
  • manage copyright and licensing agreement requirements 
  • put books on short loan to maximise access

What we need from you

At least 8 weeks notice is essential (PPL 3.10.03) for us to process your course reading list. Having your ECP published within this time frame helps us ensure resources are available for your students.

  • there are often long time frames as we need to get books back from loan, order books from overseas or get articles from other libraries
  • there is a huge rush at the start of semester

Annotate your ECP with as much bibliographic information as possible.

Indicate the importance of the resource on your ECP, this influences how we prioritise access to resources. On the reading list, we label resources as:

  • Required - for resources you list as required, compulsory, essential or mandatory
  • Recommended 
  • Further - for resources you list as further, supplemental, additional, useful, other or general 

 If you have a course reader:

  • make clear in the ECP which readings are already in the reader
  • if it is produced by POD, we will get a copy for students to borrow
  • if it is not produced by POD, we need you to supply a copy

Students can easily access and manage their learning resources

  • students have access to their reading lists via links on My LibraryUQ Library Search, Learn.UQ (Blackboard), and the ECP
  • students can add study notes, set reading status and export citations 
  • you can direct students to their course learning resources using the following URL format: http://www.library.uq.edu.au/lr/course code
  • Reading lists are available during semester only. Students needing to access digitised/scanned readings for supplementary examinations should be advised to submit document delivery requests for those items. Other items available electronically or held in print can be located via the UQ Library Search


The Library makes a limited number of textbooks available to students to ensure equitable access to resources.

  • the expectation is that students will buy required textbooks
  • we buy based on what is identified as required and recommended in the ECP
    • for required resources we purchase 1 copy per 100 students (rounded up), with a minimum of 2 copies and a maximum of 15 copies across all campuses
    • for recommended resources we purchase 1 copy of the title across all campuses
  • we have an e-preferred policy and will provide access to eBooks, in preference to print
  • if you are prescribing your own textbook we ask you to supply sufficient copies to the Library

For full details see our Collection Management Policy which is aligned with the UQ Policies and Procedures Library. Contact your librarian to discuss textbooks, including eBook options.

Contacts for your reading lists