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COVID-19 Special Resources

Due to the pandemic, several publishers, institutions, and corporations have made online resources available for our students at no additional cost--see below:

Online Textbooks/Journals:

  • National Emergency Library
    A collection of books that support emergency remote teaching, research, and scholarship during service disruptions during the pandemic. 
  • Santa Maria Public Library
    Santa Maria Public Library has a number of online methods for acquiring things like non-fiction or fiction titles that might be required for a Reading or English class.  Use the link above to remotely sign up for a card if you don't have one, then try one of the following SMPL resources:
    • Hoopla is an online streaming service that provides Black Gold Cooperative Library System cardholders access to music, movies, and downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and Comics.
    • Overdrive is a platform to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks to read on your phone, devices, and computer.
    • Enki is a collection of more academic books and texts that you can use for your research and classes.
  • Digital Loeb Classical Library
    Access a sizable digitized collection of Greek and Latin literature. This collection is temporarily freely accessible through the Harvard University Press.
  • Johns Hopkins University Press
    A number of scholarly journals focusing on the humanities, literature, and theatre. Johns Hopkins is allowing access until May, via Project Muse.

Online Tools:

  • Zoom for Students (Tutorial)
    Zoom is a video-conferencing software that is free for Hancock students. SBCC has created and shared a helpful guide to introduce students to Zoom. 

Internet Resources:

  • Comcast Internet Essentials
    Visit the websites in this article for more information and information on how to register. Call 855-846-8376 for English speakers or 855-765-6995 for Spanish speakers. 
  • Sonic: 3 Months of Free Internet and Telephone Service
    During the COVID-19 outbreak, Sonic is offering three months of free internet access and unlimited nationwide home telephone service to households with K-12, college students, or senior citizens 60 or older. Please visit their website for more information and details.

Faculty Specific Resources:

  • Remote Lab Repository
    Faculty from across the state have been aggregating different online resources for different STEM courses that require a lab component.  This page is updated frequently, and organized by discipline.
  • Focus on the Basics: Doing Online Teaching Well
    Dr. Al Solano has distilled a number of best practices into a short blog post at his website, Continuous Learning Institute. Has a number of good tips, tricks, and ideas for improving online instruction. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):


Will the library be open during the spring semester?
The Allan Hancock College Library building will be physically closed for the time being. Users can still access the many digital resources of the library 24/7, such as the article databasese-booksstreaming films, and the library catalog.  Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page for additional helpful links.

How do I return or renew library materials I have?
If you have an item out from the library (including books and laptops), the due date will be extended to the end of the semester. If you have a hotspot, the service will not be turned off. If you have any items out, you can hold on to them until the library reopens. No late fees will be assessed during this time. 

How do I access Course Reserves textbooks for my classes?
Some textbooks can be found through the National Emergency Library. If you cannot find your textbooks there, consider asking your professors to see if they have PDFs of the text that they can send you. If they do not, contact the library at or fill out the digitization request form and someone will be in touch with you shortly. 

I am an instructor and I checked Bookshelf and Redshelf and my textbook is not available. What can I do?
If you have a copy of the textbook, you can download a free scanning app (such as Adobe Scan) and scan PDFs of chapters as you need them. You can then post those scans on your course Canvas page. Alternately, you can share the scans with the library staff and we can share those with students who request them. If you do not have a copy of your textbook to scan, please consider contacting the publisher and requesting an ebook or PDF of your book. If the publisher cannot provide this to you, please contact us and we can take care of scanning needs. 

How do I get research help from the librarians if the library is closed?
Starting March 30, the library will be offering the following expanded chat hours:

Monday through Thursday: 6 a.m. to 12 midnight
Friday through Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12 midnight 

Students, staff and faculty can also request research assistance: Fill out the virtual research consultation form to set up a more in-depth research meeting with a college librarian (over the phone or over video-conference software).

What library resources are available to me for my classes this semester?
Users can still access the many digital resources of the library 24/7, such as the article databasese-booksstreaming films, and the library catalog. At this time, there will be additional ebooks and articles available on the library databases. Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page for additional helpful links.

Users can also access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks via Overdrive. Download the free Libby app to read these ebooks and listen to audiobooks through the AHC Library. After downloading the Libby app, select the AHC Library as your library. You will be directed to sign in with your myHancock username and password. 

Users can access even more Overdrive books and audio books through the Santa Maria Public Library. Residents can fill out the e-card registration form and immediately start borrowing digital materials.

I am an instructor and I am interested in having a library research orientation this semester. How can I do that?
You can still request a virtual orientation! Please fill out the Schedule a Library Orientation form. The virtual library orientations can be live (via Zoom or Cranium Café) or can be created before the orientation. Librarians will work with our fellow faculty to determine what will best address your course research needs.  

When will the library be physically open?
We are working hard to ensure the library can open as soon as it is advisable to do so. As soon as we have a timetable, we will post it. In the meantime, we will continue to provide remote services seven days a week.