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Textbooks - cost and access

National survey to explore the cost and access to textbooks for tertiary study in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Does the cost of textbooks affect which courses you choose? Do you rely on the library having copies and not buy textbooks yourself? Do you feel that lack of access to textbooks affects your grades?

The survey will take about 4 to 6 minutes to complete.

Each student who completes the survey and opts-in to be considered to win one of ten $50 supermarket vouchers will be entered into the draw.  

Who is conducting this research?

This is an initiative of the national Centre for Open Education Practice conducted in association with the UNESCO Chair in Open Educational Resources at Otago Polytechnic.

How will the data be used?

By clicking below, you acknowledge that you understand that the data you provide will be used in our research and in results we publish about it.  We only ask for your name and contact details to go into the prize draw after you have completed the survey - your name is not connected to your answers in any way, and we plan to make the anonymous data available online in the public domain for others to analyse.

This project has been approved by the Otago Polytechnic Ethics Committee (Reference Number: 820 (PDF)).  

The contact for this survey is:



The survey instrument is a derivative work of a survey undertaken at the University of Otago, New Zealand, 2015. The original survey was developed by Sarah Stein, Simon Hart, Philippa Keaney, and Richard White, and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

This derivative survey is licensed to Otago Polytechnic and the OER Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

There are 26 questions in this survey.