In response to widespread college closures, several companies are temporarily providing free access to their textbook platforms through the end of May.
Librarians have worked through the Bookstore Textbook List to identify titles that are available through the Library's databases and through these companies during this crisis. Click on your division below to see if your textbook is available.
This information will continue to be updated as additional online collections become available.
We hope to locate free online access for as many textbooks as possible, but not all textbooks will be available. If your book is not available:
Free Online Textbooks Available Now
To access these textbooks, you will need to create a free account or log in, depending on the platform.
Textbooks by Division
Not sure what division your class falls under? Check out our list of departments by division.
Make a VitalSource Account
VitalSource is providing temporary free textbook access through May 25th, 2020. You can access up to 7 free online textbooks.
Make a RedShelf Account
RedShelf is providing temporary free textbook access through May 25th, 2020. You can access up to 7 free online textbooks.
OneSearch is the library's online search tool for searching and accessing books, ebooks, articles, and more.
1. Search OneSearch (or use the link provided to you) to find the book you need for your class.
2. If the book is available online it will say "Available Online":
3. Click on the title of the book to see which library database provides full-text access to the book. Then click the link under 'View Online':
4. This will take you to the database that contains the ebook (for example, Ebook Central). If you are off-campus, you will see this login screen:
Faculty and staff will use the same username and password that they use for their GCC email account (do not include @glendale.edu in the username).
Students will use the same username and password that they use to sign in to Canvas.
5. After you login, you will be taken to the ebook:
You have the options to "Read Online" or "Download Book".
The Read Online option allows you to read the ebook directly in your internet browser without the need to download it first. You need to be connected to the internet to use this option.
The Download Book option allows you to download the ebook to use while off-line, but it requires more steps. See these instructions for downloading ebooks to a computer or mobile device: ProQuest Ebook Central download instructions.
The Internet Archive is providing free access to over 1.4 million ebooks until June 30, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Note: When you borrow an ebook from the Internet Archive, it will say that it is due in 14 days. You will be able to extend the due date until June 30, 2020, so that you can have access to the ebook for the entire Spring semester. See the FAQs for more information about access.