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Temporary Library closure due to COVID-19: Where can I find my textbooks?

eTextbooks available online

In response to schools going exclusively online because of COVID-19, many publishers have allowed their e-textbooks to be made available online for free. 

Cengage is offering free access to their Cengage Unlimited service, which consists of digital learning platforms (like Mindtap), 14,000+ ebooks (including many etextbooks), and their app. This access is for both faculty and students and is good through the rest of the semester. More info, and to sign up for an account, here: https://www.cengage.com/covid-19-support/

Redshelf and VitalSource are both offering students 7 free textbooks that can be accessed until May 25th. To register you must use your student or staff email account. After this May 25th date you will only have access to the books that you already had checked out.

For help on registering an account with any of these vendors see the bottom of the page.

Which textbooks are available online?

How to register

How to register on Cengage Unlimited:

  1. Go to https://www.cengage.com/dashboard/#/login and click Create an Account - Student.
  2. Create an Account using your student (@student.rccd.edu) or staff account.
  3. Once you have signed in, click Start Trial in the sidebar. Then click Explore Cengage Unlimited (Note: After fourteen days you might have to again click the Start Trial button again to retain access).
  4. Click the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of your dashboard to search for your textbooks. Searching by ISBN is recommended
  5. Click 'Add to My Home' to add the title to your dashboard.

Need help? More detailed instructions here, or search the Cengage Support. Or you can contact the library via chat, SMS, or email.

 

How to register on RedShelf (must use https://studentresponse.redshelf.com/ for free content):

  1. Go to https://studentresponse.redshelf.com/ and click on the Log In button on the top right of the screen.
  2. Click Create an Account using your student (@student.rccd.edu) or staff account.
  3. Once you make an account, they will email you a link
  4. Click the link in your email to finish signing up
  5. Once you're signed in, go to the search page, and search for your book (or use the links from the above document)
  6. Click Add to My Shelf to checkout the title.
  7. Now you can begin to read your text! Learn more at RedShelf responds.

Need help? Check out the RedShelf Tutorial Videos or check the Redshelf Resolve support page for more information. Or you can contact the library via chat, SMS, or email.

 

How to register on VitalShelf:

  1. Go to https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/ and make an account with your student (@student.rccd.edu) or staff email account.
  2. Once you make an account, they will email you a link
  3. Click the link in your email to finish signing up
  4. Once you're signed in, go to the search page, and search for your book (or use the links from the above document)
  5. Click on the picture of the book, and then click "borrow." 
  6. It will open up in your online browser. There are even options to print, bookmark, and virtually highlight the pages. There are also app options that you can learn about on the site. 
  7. Now you can begin to read your text! Learn more at VitalSource Helps

 

Need help? Check out the Getting Started With Bookshelf video or check the VitalSource Bookshelf Support page for more information. Or you can contact the library via chat, SMS, or email.

 

Note: these services are not affiliated with MVC, RCCD, or the MVC Bookstore. All materials on the sites are licensed legally. These resource are available for a limited time to in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.