Answered By: Library Textbook and Publication Division
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2020    

There are three categories of textbooks: Mandatory Textbook, Optional Textbook and Reference Textbook.

  • Mandatory textbook is a required book in either print or electronic format for a module that students are obligated to purchase. 
  • Optional textbook is a book in print that students can choose to purchase or not.
  • A reference textbook is a book in print that is considered additional or recommended reading by academic staff and is only purchased for Library’s collection where it can be offered for loan.