Uni life can be complicated at first, so this site will help make it a little easier to navigate your first semester at Monash. The weeks listed here represent the twelve teaching weeks of semester. Just start scrolling to browse topics to see important deadlines to help you manage your studies each week. 


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Books and reading lists

Your book list should be published by the first week of classes.

Once it’s published, you can find it:

You’ll get a book list for the units you’re enrolled in for your upcoming teaching period (not for the entire year).

Can’t see your book list?

If your book list isn't available in Moodle or my.monash by the first week of classes, it might be because:

  • you haven't enrolled in units or your enrolment hasn't been processed yet - wait a few hours and try again
  • your teacher hasn't made the book list available yet. Consider waiting another day or so and then check again
  • you don’t have to buy any books for your units. Maybe you only have journal articles and prescribed readings each week. This is often the case, especially in humanities.

If you have any queries about your book lists, you should contact your Chief Examiner directly:

  • by email – contact details are in the unit entry of the Handbook
  • through Moodle.

Types of books

Your book list will include books under the following headings:

  • Prescribed (or required) texts – these books are essential for your unit
  • Recommended texts – these books are useful to own
  • Reference texts – you don't need to buy these books as they're only used sometimes for reference.

You can view many texts online, so be sure to use the Library Search to see if an online copy is available.

Where to buy your books

Shop in-store at Clayton campus or order online (delivery offered).

Books and Merchandise

Shop in-store at Caulfield and Peninsula campus or order online for new and second-hand books (delivery offered). Rental options are also available.

Campus Bookstore

Shop online and track your order delivery. Some products can be collected on campus – if available, you’ll be able to select this option when you make your purchase.


Second-hand books (buy and sell)

You can also try these places where students sell books they no longer need:

Check your reading lists

Most units require you to read more widely than just the prescribed textbooks, so make sure you check: