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Online Library Resources During Covid

Announcements

​Frequently Asked Questions & Updates for Fall 2021

  • When will you be open? 

The ELAC Libraries reopened on August 30, 2021 for the Fall 2021 semester. Read more about our reopening plans in our latest blog post. All visitors will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and face at all times. The ELAC campus and library will continue to closely monitor the LACCD and LA County public health guidelines.

  • Is there a way to chat, call, or email librarians to get help with my assignments?

Yes! Librarians are available to help via the library’s homepage https://www.elac.edu/library. Use the "Ask Us 24/7" pop-up to chat.

  • Is there a way to chat, call or email library staff to get help with my library account and technology?

Yes! Library staff are available to help via the library’s homepage https://www.elac.edu/libraryUse the "Ask Us 24/7" pop-up to chat.

  • Can I check out textbooks or other materials from the library? 

The library building is planning to reopen on August 30, 2021 for the Fall semester. At that point, we will be able to resume book checkout.

  • Can I return my books to the library?

You can return your library books to the book drop located at the front doors of the ELAC Main Campus Library.

  • When are my books due?

Book due dates have been automatically extended once again and are now set to be due February 4, 2022. (First extension was to August 28, 2020. Second extension was to Feb. 5, 2021.) Late charges will not be assessed during this time.

  • Will I be fined for not returning my books?

No. Late charges will not be assessed during this time, but please return your books by Feb. 4, 2022.

  • Does the library have an electronic copy of my textbook?

The library does not have electronic copies of textbooks. Textbook rentals and purchases can be made online through several textbook companies including Chegg and Amazon Textbook Rental, and you can order textbooks from the ELAC Bookstore online or by phone 323-265-8720. Be sure to compare textbook prices across platforms before deciding which textbook to rent or buy!

(Please note that websites like Library Genesis and Sci-Hub contain pirated materials under copyright.)

  • Are textbooks still available for free through RedShelf and VitalSource?

No. RedShelf and VitalSource are no longer offering free access to electronic textbooks.