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Books for Bulldogs
Book Lending

Textbooks are expensive! Let us help.

Books for Bulldogs is a free service that allows currently enrolled AHC students to borrow textbooks for an entire semester.

To request a book from the Books for Bulldogs program, follow these steps in the Library Catalog:

  • Type in your book title, course or keyword into the search box 
  • Select Books for Bulldogs from the drop-down list in the box
  • Click the magnifying glass to search
  • Locate your book in the list of search results and click the title
  • Verify this is the correct course and textbook you need
  • Click Sign-in in the yellow box to log-in to your library account with your AHC credentials
  • Select the book by clicking Request
  • Choose your pick-up location and Submit
  • You will receive an email with instructions for pickup if your request is accepted

For more information about how to place a book hold request please click our libguide here .

Rules and Guidelines:

  • Your Allan Hancock College student ID is your library card. Your ID must be current and you must have the physical or mobile scannable ID available through your  to check out anything from the library. 
  • Currently enrolled AHC students are eligible to borrow textbooks.
  • Three (3) textbooks limited per student.
  • There is no guarantee that requested textbooks will be available, as textbook supply is limited.
  • The program does not carry access codes or course packets.
  • Book orders are filled in the order requests are received.


Textbook requests for Summer 2024 semester begin June 3, 2024 at 8 a.m. 

Textbook requests for Fall 2024 semester begin August 12, 2024 at 8 a.m.

Details about how to pick up completed hold requests will be sent to your email address on file. Items not picked up after one week on the hold shelf will be placed back into the collection.


Book returning just got a whole lot easier. Simply visit either the Santa Maria Campus or the Lompoc Valley Center Campus and put your book in one of the library's book drops. It's that easy. We'll do all the rest.

All loaned Books for Bulldog items during the Spring 2024 term need to be returned by May 22, 2024 so that students in summer term may use them.

Blocks will be placed on all student library accounts for overdue items that are not returned and will remain in place until items are returned to the library.

There are two book drops on the Santa Maria campus, one in front of the library and the other near the gymnasium by lot 8. The book drop on the Lompoc Valley campus is outside the administration building.


Contact the Books for Bulldogs program  

phone: 805-922-6966 ext. 3683