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Library Services

Access to Textbooks & Course Reserves

Library Reserves

Textbooks are kept at the Library's Circulation Desk in our Reserves collection. Ask for your textbook at the Circulation Desk and show your ID to check it out!

Since textbooks are provided by the department or instructor, not all textbooks may be available. Want to know whether the Library has your textbook? Use our Reserve Textbook search.

Reserves Policies:

  • Reserve items may be borrowed for 3 hours.
  • Reserve items may only be renewed if another copy is available.
    • Reserves may be renewed once for 3 additional hours from the initial due time.
    • After renewal, students must wait 1 hour in before another renewal can be requested.
  • Reserve items must be used in the library.
  • A maximum of 3 reserve items may be borrowed at once.
  • Reserve items are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Reserve items cannot be placed on hold.
  •  Reserve items must be returned to a staff member at the Circulation Desk.
  • A $1 overdue fine is charged for every hour or any portion thereof an item is late

Need help? Stop by the library or chat with a librarian!

Purchasing Textbooks

The GCC Bookstore offers a variety of purchase and rental options for required textbooks, including less expensive online rentals through RedShelf.

A list of required textbooks is available in MyGCC Student Portal. Students can also look up their required books on the GCC Bookstore website.

Other textbook vendors include:

You can also compare purchase and rental options on CampusBooks, and read more about saving money on textbooks in College Info Geek's article "How to Find Cheap Textbooks and Save a Ton of Money This Semester."

Textbook Grants & More

Dual Enrollment students, contact the Welcome Center for information about how to get your textbooks.

If you cannot afford to purchase your required textbooks, additional assistance is available from GCC. The following programs provide support for textbooks:

Library Ebooks (Faculty)

The GCC Library continues to examine the required textbook list and purchase any titles that are available online through Library databases with multi-user access. To do this, we work from data provided by the Bookstore, so make sure to submit your required textbooks to the Bookstore.

We will contact faculty members whose required books are accessible online through the GCC Library

Faculty, if you would like to investigate alternative texts you can use in your courses in the future (including open educational resources, readings in the public domain, and licensed library materials), please contact Caroline Hallam, OER & Electronic Resources Librarian, at or go to OER & Textbook Affordability at GCC.

Reserves & Scanning Requests (Faculty)

Physical Reserves

Faculty may place library or personal materials on reserve for students. To ensure that the maximum number of students can obtain access, we recommend that reserves have a check out period of 2 hours and be in-library use only. However, overnight and 3-day check out periods are also available.

Please submit your request at least one week prior to the date needed by contacting Circulation in person at the Circulation Desk or by phone at x5586.


Electronic Reserves

Faculty can request online reserves via the online form

  • Please fill out this form at least ten business days in advance of when your students need the access.
  • If you have multiple requests, submit separate forms for each individual title.
  • If you requested electronic reserves in a previous semester, please fill out this form again so that the Library can securely deliver material within your Canvas course.
  • The Library will evaluate each request and will prioritize essential materials needed for course work. Note that each request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and providing online access may not be possible for certain titles.
  • If the Library can purchase an ebook to fulfill the ereserves request, we will do so.
  • Any materials that are scanned will be password protected and securely delivered through Leganto, an electronic reserves tool that is embedded in Canvas.
  • The Library will contact you individually via email about your requests.

Online Reserves Request Form

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