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Lending Library Information

Important Dates

  • Online requests will be unavailable the first two weeks of each semester due to high demand. If you need special accommodations, please contact the Circulation Desk at or 805-289-6482
Rules and Guidelines
  • Only VC and VCEC students are eligible to check out Lending Library Textbooks
  • All library materials, including Lending Library Textbooks, are due the last day of each semester.
  • Overdue fees are $5.00 per day for Lending Library Textbooks, up to the cost of the textbook.
Request Process

To request a Lending Library Textbook, students can make a request through the Library catalog, OneSearch. Each step of the process is outlined below. *Please note request option will be unavailable the first two weeks of each semester due to high demand*

Step 1: Find Out if the Library Has Your Textbook in the Lending Library

Use OneSearch to search for your textbook in the Lending Library. Be sure to verify that the library's textbook matches what is required using the title, author(s), year of publication, edition, or ISBN.



Step 2: Get or Request Your Textbook

Once you have located your textbook in OneSearch, you can either:

  1. Visit the library in-person during our open hours to check out the book.
  2. Make an online request to place the book on hold or in a locker (instructions in video below). Please note that due to high demand, online requests will be not be available during the first 2 weeks of the semester. See Step 3 below for next steps after placing your request.

If you have any questions or need any accommodations, please contact our circulation desk at or 805-289-6482.

Step 3: Receive Your Textbook

Requests will be processed daily Monday - Thursday. If you would like to request a different item, please submit a new request. If you would like to change your request from item pick-up to home delivery or vice versa, please contact us.

Please read below for specific information on what to expect after placing your request.

Library Pick-Up

You will receive an email once your textbook has been placed on the holds shelf. Visit the library during our open hours and go to the Circulation Desk. Let staff know you are there to pick up you textbook from the holds shelf.

Locker Pick-Up

After submitting a request through OneSearch, you will see a notification showing that your request was successful; however, this does not indicate that your item is ready for pick-up. 

You will receive two emails once your request has been processed by library staff. The first email will be a receipt showing that the book is checked out to you. After checking out the book, library staff place the book in a locker for you. Once the book has been placed in the locker, you will receive a second email with detailed information and instructions on retrieving the book from our lockers. Items will be held in the lockers for 24 hours. Any items not retrieved will be removed from your account and re-shelved.

Need Help? Contact Us!

If you have any questions about the process, need help with any of the steps, or would like to make alternate arrangements for textbook pick-up, please contact us!

Circulation Desk
Phone: 805-289-6482

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