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Glendale Community College Library Updates

Access to Textbooks & Course Reserves

The GCC Library is currently circulating print books. Other options below are recommendations from the GCC Library for access to textbooks during campus closure.

GCC Bookstore Library Ebooks

GCC Bookstore

The GCC Bookstore offers a variety of purchase and rental options for required textbooks, including less expensive online rentals through RedShelf. Students who would typically purchase their textbooks (with or without financial aid) should be encouraged to continue to do so.

A list of required textbooks is available in MyGCC Student Portal. Students can also look up their required books on the GCC Bookstore website. Student Affairs recommends ordering your books online and picking up in person from the walk-up window at the Bookstore.

To make an appointment to pick up your textbooks from the Bookstore, please sign up here: GCC Bookstore Appointment - Verdugo Campus.

Library Ebooks

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 we ask faculty to consistently report their 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 & DE Librarian, at


Note: RedShelf and VitalSource, vendors of online textbooks that were providing access free-of-charge during Spring 2020, have ended their emergency access. The Internet Archive has also ended unlimited simultaneous access through its National Emergency Library and has returned to loaning books to one user at a time. Free access through these vendors and organizations was a temporary, emergency measure.

Scanning Texts

To request scanning of limited portions of course textbooks, please contact the Librarian Liaison for your Division. 

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