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COVID-19 Special Resources

The AHC Library has added new services and programs to meet student needs for virtual learning. 

Textbooks (hard copies and online copies):

  • BibliU
    BibliU is a new e-book collection of many current textbooks being used in classes at AHC. Click the link above and log in with your myHancock username and password. See if your textbooks are available and enjoy the free access! 
  • Books for Bulldogs 
    The library now has a new collection of textbooks that students can borrow for the entire semester. Search the library catalog here to see if your textbooks are available. Learn more about the Library's Books for Bulldogs collection here, including such information as Spring 2021 dates for requests and pick-ups.
  • Santa Maria Public Library
    Santa Maria Public Library has a number of online methods for acquiring things like non-fiction or fiction titles that might be required for a Reading or English class.  Use the link above to remotely sign up for a card if you don't have one, then try one of the following SMPL resources:
    • Hoopla is an online streaming service that provides Black Gold Cooperative Library System cardholders access to music, movies, and downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and Comics.
    • Overdrive is a platform to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks to read on your phone, devices, and computer.
    • Enki is a collection of more academic books and texts that you can use for your research and classes.

Online Tools:

  • Zoom for Students (Tutorial)
    Zoom is a video-conferencing software that is free for Hancock students. SBCC has created and shared a helpful guide to introduce students to Zoom. 
  • Swank Digital Campus
    This streaming film database includes select feature-length films and documentaries. Multiple users can view each film at the same time.

Internet Resources:

  • Comcast Internet Essentials
    Visit the websites in this article for more information and information on how to register. Call 855-846-8376 for English speakers or 855-765-6995 for Spanish speakers. 
  • Sonic: 3 Months of Free Internet and Telephone Service
    During the COVID-19 outbreak, Sonic is offering three months of free internet access and unlimited nationwide home telephone service to households with K-12, college students, or senior citizens 60 or older. Please visit their website for more information and details.

Faculty Specific Resources:

  • Remote Lab Repository
    Faculty from across the state have been aggregating different online resources for different STEM courses that require a lab component.  This page is updated frequently, and organized by discipline.
  • Focus on the Basics: Doing Online Teaching Well
    Dr. Al Solano has distilled a number of best practices into a short blog post at his website, Continuous Learning Institute. Has a number of good tips, tricks, and ideas for improving online instruction. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):


Will the library be open during the spring semester?
The Allan Hancock College Library building will be open starting the second week of the Spring 2021 semester, for limited study spaces (by appointment only). Students and staff can continue to place requests on circulating materials via the library catalog and can pick those items up as scheduled. A library staff member will follow up with instructions on how and when to pick up the requested materials. Users can still access the many digital resources of the library 24/7, such as the article databasese-booksstreaming films, and the library catalog.  Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page for additional helpful links.

How do I return or renew library materials I have?
If you have books out from the library, please drop them off in the library return bins (located outside of the AHC Library building (L-North) as well as outside of the Academic Resource Center (L-South). If you have a hotspot or laptop, please contact the library about setting up a time to return these sensitive materials. No late fees will be assessed during this time. 

How do I access Course Reserves textbooks for my classes?
Some textbooks can be found through the library's new e-book service, BibliU. Quite a few textbooks are available through the library's Books for Bulldogs program. Search the library catalog to see if your textbook is available. If it is, you can place hold requests and follow the instructions for picking up your requested textbooks. (Holds can be placed starting on January 4. Students can begin picking up their requested books as early as January 11.) If you cannot find your textbooks there, fill out the digitization request form and someone will be in touch with you shortly. For any other questions, contact the library at

I am an instructor and I want to know if my textbook is not available. What can I do?
Please see above links to check BibliU and the library catalog to see if your textbook is available for students. If it is not available in print format or in e-book format via BibliU, please direct your students to fill out the digitization request form and someone will be in touch with them shortly. 

How do I get research help from the librarians if the library is closed?
In the fall, spring, and summer sessions, the library offers the following expanded chat hours:

Monday through Thursday: 6 a.m. to 12 midnight
Friday through Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12 midnight 

Students, staff and faculty can also request research assistance: Fill out the virtual research consultation form to set up a more in-depth research meeting with a college librarian (over the phone or over video-conference software).

What library resources are available to me for my classes this semester?
Users can still access the many digital resources of the library 24/7, such as the article databasese-booksstreaming films, and the library catalog. At this time, there will be additional ebooks and articles available on the library databases. Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page for additional helpful links.

Users can also access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks via Overdrive. Download the free Libby app to read these ebooks and listen to audiobooks through the AHC Library. After downloading the Libby app, select the AHC Library as your library. You will be directed to sign in with your myHancock username and password. 

Users can access even more Overdrive books and audio books through the Santa Maria Public Library. Residents can fill out the e-card registration form and immediately start borrowing digital materials.

I am an instructor and I am interested in having a library research orientation this semester. How can I do that?
You can still request a virtual orientation! Please fill out the Schedule a Library Orientation form. The virtual library orientations can be live (via Zoom) or can be created before the orientation. Librarians will work with our fellow faculty to determine what will best address your course research needs.  

When will the library be physically open?
During the fall, spring and summer sessions, the library has been offering limited in-person study spaces (by appointment). The library services continue to be offered remotely for now. We are working hard to ensure the library can open again fully as soon as it is advisable to do so. As soon as we have a timetable, we will post it. In the meantime, we will continue to provide remote services seven days a week. 

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