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Don't let the cost of books stop you from achieving your goals!

We have a variety of options and resources to help you with course books:

Search classes on our mobile friendly class search that do not require you to purchase books!

  1. Click Search Classes the AHC website home page and select the link to use the mobile friendly class search

  2. Select term, scroll down to Gen Ed / Zero Textbook Cost and search by Zero Textbook Cost

  • Always consult with an academic counselor about classes

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

Questions? Contact the Books for Bulldogs program at 805-922-6966 ext. 3500, 3683, or 3958. email:

Three (3) textbook limit per student. Students should list their top five requests in order of priority when they make their appointment. No guarantee that requested textbooks will be available; textbook supply is limited. First come, first served.

  1. Log in to the AHC Library Online Catalog with your myHancock portal username and password.
  2. Input the book title and author of the book you need for your courses. Make sure it is the edition you need.
  3. Click on the book listed under “Books for Bulldogs” and then click “Request,” select the pick-up location and then click “Send request.” Wait for a confirmation email for further information.

Our online library catalog shows almost all of our physical and electronic books, whether they are Course Reserve textbooks or not. How to use the Online Library Catalog. To pick up a copy of a book available in the library’s main collection, please search for the book in the catalog and place a request on the book you are seeking. Look for an email confirming the book is available and with directions on picking up your book. Most books are available to be checked out for 3 weeks and can possibly be renewed twice, for a check-out of 9 weeks total.

SM :805-922-6966 ext. 3322 or 3863
LVC - Jacoby Learning Resource Center: 805-735-3366 ext. 5224

If there are not additional copies in the “Stacks,” you may submit a Digitization Request Form for Course Reserve books:

Please contact the circulation department for available digitization requests.

  • Limit three (3) chapters at a time
  • Service available fall 2021
  • Please note that you may not receive the request in time if there are a high volume of requests
  • May not be available for spring 2022

The Student Emergency Fund at Allan Hancock College is part of the social safety net for our region on California’s Central Coast. It provides essential grants of $50 to $500 to the most vulnerable Hancock students who find themselves in dire financial circumstances—covering essential food, housing, medical, or transportation expenses.

Contact information:

Basic Needs
805-922-6966 ext. 3011

  1. Apply for the Student Emergency Fund: 
  2. Inquire about book vouchers on application
  3. Check your myHancock email regularly for status of your application

You may communicate with your Instructor via email (email addresses are located in the class search by clicking on the CRN number) and inquire if they have the course book on hand. If the instructor has the course book on hand, please ask if they may email you the scanned pages.

Campus Graphics is providing free-printing services.

This may be utilized until financial aid disbursement/emergency funds are received.