You asked, we answered! Reading list books

June 2, 2014 – 4:30 pm

We recently had a query about why ACU Library doesn’t buy more copies of the books on unit outline reading lists and why we only allow them to be borrowed for 2 hours at a time. It’s a great question and we would like to thank the student who raised it.

ACU Library makes every effort to purchase a range of information resources, both printed and electronic, to assist students in their studies. We have a set of Guidelines about how we provide access to the readings on your Unit Outline.

For example, students are expected to buy their own copy of a textbook because it is a really important resource for your study and you are going to need to refer to it frequently throughout the unit. The Library also provides copies either electronically or at the campus libraries where the unit is taught. Unfortunately, we cannot buy a copy for everyone. Instead, we limit the loan period on these high demand books to make things fairer and allow as many people as possible access to this important book. If we were to buy lots of copies of the same book(s) we can’t buy the other resources that you need to complete your studies. And I’m sure you will agree, you can’t get all the information you need to be a successful nurse, teacher or lawyer from just one book!

Also, remember that you can place a hold on most books that are out on loan – even those books on your campus that are in high demand and have 1 day, 3 day or 7 days loan periods – see how at

You can find out more about the Library’s Guidelines for Reference Lists in Unit Outlines on the Library website

Bookshelves in Ballarat Library

Ballarat Library collection

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