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. 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.
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."
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. Please contact GCC CARES at firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected to funding and textbook loans. Include your name, ID number, and a list of your classes and the textbooks you need.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The Library's electronic reserve program is designed to keep students caught up in their courses while they wait for required texts to arrive or wait for financial aid to clear to purchase their texts.
Faculty may submit requests for Library staff to scan limited selections from Library materials on reserve. Faculty requests should comply with fair use. The District reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order may violate copyright law. Please refer to the District's guidelines for further information: