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Buying books

When looking for textbooks, always check the edition and ISBN number to see if they are the same as those recommended by the Course/Unit guidelines.

Always compare prices, including shipping costs.

UTAS Textbook Sell/Swap/Buy

This is a Facebook group where UTAS students can advertise to sell, buy, or swap second-hand textbooks.

Student VIP Textbook

The Textbook Exchange is a second-hand textbook site and offers a 100% free service for Student VIP members.


Booktopia sells e-books from a wide variety of international and local publishers, with a fixed $7.95 postage fee on any order.

The Book Depository

The Book Depository is based in the UK and usually dispatches orders within 48 hours with free worldwide shipping.

Fish Pond

You can purchase discounted new textbooks from Fish Pond, including free shipping.

Borrowing or downloading texts:

UTAS Library

Many textbooks are now available free in PDF or e-book format for online viewing through the UTAS Library web portal.


The ULANZ Scheme allows students to borrow from other libraries around Australia and New Zealand. You can find out more here.

The service is an in-person, face-to-face service, and it is not operating at the moment due to Covid-19.

It may cost $55 to join the other library, but thanks to SSAF, TUSA is able to reimburse these costs. If you require reimbursement, please complete the form here.

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