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Library Orientation: Textbooks

Textbook FAQ's

How do I know which textbook is required for my course?
Required textbooks are listed in your course subject description and here. It is important that you refer to your subject description as it provides a full list of required and recommended text-book titles.

Can I purchase textbooks on-campus at Tabor College?
There are no bookstores available at any of the Tabor campuses or teaching centres. However, students do list their used textbooks for sale on the Second hand text books: For sale forum  located on Tabor Online.

Where can I purchase textbooks?
There are many options available for purchasing textbooks either from a physical bookshop or online. Textbooks can also be purchased either new or secondhand.  Please checkout the Textbook Supplier options listed on this page.  Remember that searching by ISBN rather than title or author will guarantee that you get the correct edition of a book.


Best Online Site

Textbook Suppliers

Local Adelaide Bookshops

Online Bookshops

Co-op (Textbook Specialists) is the largest supplier of textbooks and educational resources in Australia. Physical shops are  located at many of the major universities across Australian.  In South Australia, stores are located at the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University campuses. Resources can also be purchased online. Abebooks (International) search for new, rare, used and out-of print books online. Students can also search for new and used textbooks.
Dymocks has stores in Rundle Mall, Glenelg and Burnside. They sell a wide range of books from fiction to non-fiction and also stock SBS and ABC products. Items can also be purchased from Dymocks online. Amazon (International) purchase either print books, Kindle e-books or a wide range of multi-media resources. To read Kindle books on your device, an app is required which can be downloaded for free here.
Koorong 198 Waymouth St, Adelaide SA 5000, provides an extensive range of Christian books, Bibles, music, DVDs, and gifts.  Visit the Adelaide store, or purchase items online. For interstate students, visit the Koorong website for stores available in your area. Angus & Robertson Bookworld (Australian) sells books in print, e-book, or audio book format.  A wide subject coverage including bestsellers, non-fiction, fiction and educational titles.
Pauline Books & Media 28 Twin Street, Adelaide SA 5000 is an international organization which provide means for human and Christian growth including books, music, CDs, DVDs, videos, as well as audio talks.  Items can be purchased in store and online.  Book Depository (International) Free postage available, and items usually arrive within 2 weeks. 
  Booktopia (Australian) print books, e-books and audio books available for purchase. Non-fiction, fiction and academic books available for purchase.
  Cengagebrain (International) a division of Cengage Learning, Cengagebrain provides a wide variety of course materials and textbooks for students and educators. Purchase print, e-books or e-chapters.
  Co-op Online The largest provider of academic textbooks in Australia. Postage is set at a  flat fee for domestic Australian orders and it is possible to click and collect in store. (Australian) a comprehensive catalogue of books and other products. Free shipping on items sent anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

  Karnac (International) is an independent publisher in the UK. Karnac Books is dedicated to psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and related subjects such as organisations, family, child, and adolescent studies. Purchase either print books or e-books. Free delivery offered on standard shipping orders. (Australia) is a Christian resource on-line retailer selling, Bibles, Christian music, DVDs, software, cards and gifts. Postage charges apply.
  Zondervan an Evangelical publisher of Bibles, Christian books for adults and children, Reference books, videos and software.


Textbooks in the Library

Search the library catalogue for your required or recommended text.  A copy of the required text is usually available in the Restricted loan collection on overnight or same day loan.  Please remember it is expected that students purchase a copy of the required text. Relying on access to the library copy rather than purchasing your own copy is not ideal as items may be in high demand and difficult to obtain for extended periods. 

Purchase 2nd hand Textbooks

Looking for secondhand books?


OXFAM Secondhand Bookshop  5-7 Hutt Street, SA  82362150. Over 20,000 secondhand books available for sale.  Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Second hand text books: For sale is a  forum on Tabor Online for students to sell their used  text books.


Christian Books Australia (NSW)  sell rare, secondhand, new and collectible Evangelical and Reformed Christian books. Purchase online or from their bookshops in NSW. 
Student VIP is an Australian website where students can list their second hand textbooks for sale. Best way to search is by using the book ISBN as this eliminates older editions and similar titled books from your search.
Be aware, there is a minimal listing of theology books and more information read the FAQ section located here.