Library policy dictates that for each prescribed print book, each Library will purchase one copy as a Teacher Reference. Teacher Reference books are kept behind the Library desk, and can be borrowed by the Unit Coordinator for the length of the Trimester. Teacher Reference books that are not collected by week five may temporarily be assigned into the Main Collection and made available to students.
MIT Library's primary ebook provider is O'Reilly, which contains thousands of ebooks across a range of subjects and disciplines, on a virtually unlimited access subscription. Where possible, MIT prefers staff to prescribe O'Reilly ebooks over print, as this ensures equitable access to prescibed resources for all.
The Library can also purchase or subscribe to stand-alone ebooks via one of our other vendors, such as Gobi (formerly YBP), CambridgeCore, or EBSCO.
O'Reilly has a "playlist" feature that allows users to combine various O'Reilly content (ebooks, audio books, videos) into curated lists that can be shared with other O'Reilly users. O'Reilly Playlists have been used by MIT to create custom reading lists that replace prescibed texts.
Flex is a platform to manage readings and other course material. Flex is integrated into Moodle, and each unit has its own Readings tool in the Moodle shell. Flex can link to any open content on the internet, and can be used to host scanned copies of chapters or articles, in line with Australian Copyright Law. For more information about Flex and how to use it, please visit the Flex for Educators guide.
Locating currently-held textbooks
Use the search box below to see what the library currently holds for individual subjects. Search by subject code, eg. BB101
Many large academic publishers provide free instructor resources (graphics, slides, question banks, etc.) for Unit Coordinators who prescibe their books. These resources are provided to each Unit Coordinator individiually, as long as certain conditions can be met. These conditions vary from publisher to publisher, so please check the publisher websites or with the sales representatives; a short list of popular publishers is below.