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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 it present 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.


Textbooks requests for the Fall 2023 semester begin August 7th at 8 a.m. and run through November 2nd.

Requested textbooks for Fall 2023 will be available for pickup at our Santa Maria campus library and Lompoc Valley Center library starting Monday, August 7th. The library will remain closed until Monday, August 14th. Contact staff to schedule a time to pickup your request prior to August 14th. 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 borrowed Books for Bulldog items during the Summer 2023 term need to be returned by August 3, 2023.

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.

Questions? Contact the Books for Bulldogs program  

805-922-6966 ext. 3500