Collections - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Course and program Resources

Course readings 

Within your Blackboard courses you may have access to Course readings. These lists include journal articles, book chapters, papers, videos, websites and other required readings selected by your Course Coordinator.

Subject Guides

Your Liaison Librarian has created subject guides to help you find books, journals, databases and key resources for your discipline.


A copy of prescribed texts and readings nominated by the Course Coordinator are held in the Reserve Collection at each campus library where the course if offered, including USC SouthBank and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI). These can be used in the building for two hours.

1 Day Loans

Additional copies of texts and required readings nominated by the Course Coordinator may be held in the 1 Day Loan Collection.

Online Collections


A Database is an online collection of journal articles, videos, newspapers and other information sources. The USC library subscribes to subject-specific and multidisciplinary databases.

Online videos

Find online videos, streaming videos, lectures, interviews, documentaries and presentations in the Catalogue. Some databases also include online videos.


Find electronic books in the Catalogue. For help finding, downloading and reading eBooks, view the Find eBooks Guide.

Online Journals

The library subscribes to over 20,000 online journals that provide access to thousands of journal articles. Find a journal using the Journal Title Search.

USC Research Collections and Archives

USC Research Bank

The USC Research Bank is the institutional research repository for the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Herbarium Collection

The USC Herbarium Collection consists of around 10,000 plant specimens, some dating back to the 1940s, and provides a valuable historical record of plant distributions in our region.

K'gari (Fraser Island) Research Archive

The K'gari (Fraser Island) Research Archive is the result of USC's research links with K'gari, comprising historical, scientific and political material represented by manuscripts, photographs, reports and surveys.

USC Art Gallery Ephemera Collection

The USC Art Gallery Ephemera Collection contains the marketing, promotional and educational materials associated with exhibitions at the USC Art Gallery from 2003 to present.

Print Collections

General Collection

Our main collection is known as the General Collection. It includes the majority of our print books and DVDs and covers a broad range of subject areas to support learning, teaching and research efforts at USC.

Law Collection

The Law Collection on Level 1 at USC Sunshine Coast library supports law and criminology students and staff with legal texts, legislation and cases.

Curriculum Collection

The Curriculum Collection supports Education student and staff with books, teaching kits and support materials for lesson preparation.

Print Periodicals

There is a non-circulating print journal collection at USC Sunshine Coast.

How are physical resources arranged on the shelf?

Physical resources are shelved in alphabetical order by call number. The call number relates to the subject matter covered by the resource. Find the call number for your discipline.

Explore all print collections via the Catalogue.

Building our collections

Collection Development Policy

The Collection Development Policy is intended to provide a framework for the development of a quality Library collection that meets the information needs of a dynamic community. The policy ensures the quality of the collection is maintained through consistent selection and de-selection processes and through continuous evaluation.

Request for purchase

University of the Sunshine Coast staff and students can recommend items for purchase to add to the Library's collection. Your recommendation will be considered against collection development guidelines.

Donations to the Library

We welcome donations of books, journals and other resources to broaden our collections. We accept donations in accordance with our collection development policy and associated guidelines. For more information please email

Gifts of funds are also welcome. For more information please contact the University’s Development Office on Tel: +61 7 5430 1104 or email