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Library Services During COVID-19 Closure: Faculty

During the campus closure, the PCC Library is up and running with virtual services. Librarians and the library staff are here to help you and your students with virtual research sessions, online research help and more.
For more general information, updates and resources, visit the Novel Coronavirus 2019 page on the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office website.

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Due dates and fines - student questions:

Due dates and fines - questions your students may have:

  • My book is due! Will I be fined? All due dates have been extended to April 30, and no one will be fined for overdue books that are kept during the campus closure. Please do not come to campus to use the book drop!
  • An overdue calculator resulted in a financial hold. I can't register! Hold on to the calculator for now. Please email to work out a temporary lift of the financial hold.

Research Sessions

Many faculty members bring their classes to the PCC Library each semester for a research session, where students are introduced to the library and get hands on-experience locating resources for their research assignments. Now, PCC Librarians are offering virtual research sessions. Schedule one for your class!

Interlibrary Loan

If you need an article that is not available through PCC, we can request it to be delivered to you electronically from another library. Make an interlibrary loan request.

Interlibrary loan of printed materials has been suspended.

OER: Open Educational Resources

OER: Open Educational Resources

ZTC: Zero Textbook Cost

Explore OER and ZTC options! These are resources that are always free to access online and can be embedded or integrated into Canvas. Find out more by visiting the OER LibGuide.

Get Help - Please Share With Your Students!

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For research help or other library questions, use the chat box on this page, available 24/7!


Consultation iconVirtual Consultation Appointment
For personal, in-depth assistance, make a consultation appointment to talk with a librarian via phone or Zoom videoconference.

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Send us a message at and we'll respond within 24 hours on weekdays.


Guides iconResearch Guides

Our research guides offer research tips, suggested resources, citation help and more in various disciplines.


Many publishers are offering temporary, free access to their textbooks through platforms called RedShelf and VitalSource:

  • RedShelf: Free access to 7 textbooks per student until May 25, 2020.
  • VitalSource: Free access to 7 textbooks per student until May 25, 2020.

Some publishers are offering free textbook access through their own platforms as well. A select few are listed here, but for a thorough list, visit: Vendor Love in the Time of COVID-19.

  • Cengage is offering free access to its unlimited platform for impacted students. Instructors also have access to additional resources. Further details: Cengage’s COVID-19 Resource page.
  • If you are using a Wiley product, such as WileyPLUS, Knewton Alta or zyBooks, you can receive free access for your students for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term. Instructors teaching at impacted institutions can request access to WileyPLUS or Knewton Alta; and instructors can request access to zyBooks.
  • Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format freely available until the end of May 2020. Over 700 textbooks, published and currently available, on Cambridge Core are available regardless of whether textbooks were previously purchased

PCC Librarians are happy to help you locate the books you need. Please contact us by email or 24/7 chat and we'll be happy to assist!

Ebooks and Audiobooks

The PCC Library subscribes to several ebook platforms, with most titles available to an unlimited number of students simultaneously. Learn about and explore our ebook collections!
If you're looking for a specific book, use the library catalog search box on the library homepage. Click on the Books category and enter the title you're seeking. When search results appear, click "Available Online" in the filters on the left side of the screen:

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We also have audiobooks available:

Streaming Videos

The PCC Library makes streaming videos available through several databases:

Library Databases

Our library databases are up and running, accessible using your LancerPoint username and password. Our databases offer magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles. They also contain primary sources, videos, art and photography images and encyclopedia/reference material. See our complete list of databases: