In response to widespread college closures, several companies are temporarily providing free access to their textbook platforms through the end May or early July.
New publishers are being added to these platforms every day, but not all textbooks will be available.
Accessing free textbooks requires that students create a free account using their SCC email. If a student doesn't know their SCC email, they may contact IT support.
Our Cengage representative provided the instructions below which students can use to create a free, 14-day trial ebooks on Cengage Unlimited. The trial can be extended: "At the end of your trial, click Start Trial to regain access for another fourteen days, as long as your school is affected by COVID-19."
A long list of publishers have made additional ebooks available in the SCC Library's eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) database.
Students need only login using their usual SCC network login to access.
There are new publishers contributing free textbooks all the time. Consult these list if you're interested to see which are providing free learning resources during this time.
VitalSource connections may be intermittent. If you are unable to connect, you may try at another time or try an alternate portal:
Make a VitalSource Account
VitalSource is providing temporary free textbook access through May 25, 2020. You can access up to 7 free online textbooks.
Need help? Watch the Getting Started With Bookshelf video or check the VitalSource Bookshelf Support page for more information. SCC Libraries cannot provide detailed technical support for VitalSource itself, but we can guide you in accessing them.
Remember you can Ask a Librarian for help any time.
While RedShelf ebooks are only available to institutions who are on a semester schedule (not the quarter schedule that SCC/SFCC are on) librarians have used it to discover e-textbooks, then we sometimes contact the book publisher directly.
The Internet Archive is always available, but the number of simultaneous loans of an item are usually limited. During this time, they are providing unlimited simultaneous borrowers and suspending wait lists for the collection of over 1.4 million ebooks. This measure will be in place until June 30, 2020.
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.