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Answered By: Stella Beratlis
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2020     Views: 168

During the time the library is closed due to COVID-19, we have access only to ebooks. Here are a few ways to find ebooks: 

Use MJC's library databases (note: you will have to log in from off-campus

  • eBook Collection by EBSCOhost
    • During COVID-19 closures, restriction on multiple simultaneous use has been lifted on a case-by-case basis. Some publishers are still restricting access to one person at a time. 
  • Gale eBooks (contains reference books and specialized encyclopedias; great for background research on topics)
  • Check out our guide on finding ebooks 

Use one of these new tools to find ebooks from major publishers. Many course reserve titles are available through one of these platforms (FREE):

Through its RedShelf Responds initiative, the company is providing free access to digital textbooks (to students from nonprofit, semester-based colleges and universities) through May 25th. Note: the URL has to be pointing to as opposed to (See list of MJC reserves available on RedShelf)

VitalSource Helps is a program designed to support students and instructors who may have lost access to course materials due to a campus moving to distance learning to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This program is made possible by the leading publishers and resellers in US higher education. The program offers free access to tens of thousands of ebooks through May 25, 2020. Can only have up to 7 textbooks on your bookshelf.

Use your Stanislaus County Library card to check out eBooks using the Hoopla app (FREE)

  • The Stanislaus County Library is also offering modified services; you can place a book on hold and pick it up curbside. See their Modified Hours for more info

Use your San Joaquin County Library card to check out eBooks using Overdrive (FREE)

Create a free 30-day trial membership on Kindle through Amazon and use the free credit to purchase eBook (FREE but must have valid credit card on file in your Amazon account).

MJC Librarians are more than happy to help you find e-books--please connect with us via the options at Ask-A-Librarian

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