Textbook Lending Library

The Ventura College Textbook Lending Library is a program where students can check out up to three textbooks to use for an entire semester at no cost. As resources are limited, these textbooks are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis. Before the start of the semester, we host priority days where students can come be the first to pick through the collection and check out the books. To take part in this priority peek through, read about our process below.

Fall 2017 - The Lending Library Priority Process!

  1. Log into your VCCCD Student Portal anytime between Monday, May 15, 2017 and Friday, August 4, 2017.
  2. Click on the "My College" tab and scroll to the "Quicklinks" section
  3. Click on "Scholarship Application"
  4. Locate the FREE Textbooks Fall 2017 Application and click on "Start Application"
  5. Submit your application & check to see that you've received a submission confirmation email.
  6. Bring your confirmation email, class schedule, photo ID, and booklist with you for priority check-outs on Monday, August 7, 2017 anytime between 7:30am-5:30pm. 

Please click here for the Fall 2017 Lending Library Flyer.


Donate to the Textbook Lending Program:

The Ventura College Foundation is the primary financial contributor and supporter of the Lending Library program. The Foundation funds over $50,000 annually for the Textbook Lending Library. Currently, approximately 9,000 students use the lending library at the Learning Resource Center. The cost of textbooks often exceeds the cost of attending Ventura College; so many students continue to seek textbook alternatives.

Textbook lending is generously supported by:

  • Ventura College Foundation
  • Title V Grant
  • Associated Students of Ventura College
  • Book Donations from Students and Faculty 

Students may donate their used textbooks during Book Buy Back by dropping their used textbooks in the Library's Textbook Donation bin or by dropping them off at the library's circulation desk or by placing them in the book drop box.

Monetary donations may also be made through the Ventura College Foundation. The library and the foundation are always looking for partners to provide continued support for this program. The library would welcome a donation of any amount.

Contact Us:

Phone: (805) 289-6482
Email: vclibrary@vcccd.edu       


What students have to say about the Lending Library:

  • "This is my first experience with the lending library and I appreciate the opportunity to save money."
  • "Even with financial aid this is a huge help for my family."
  • "This program helps students who don't have the money for textbooks."
  • "People can focus on signing up for classes without worrying about textbook costs."

For more information on the textbook lending library, click here.

August 14, 2013 "Textbook loan program at Ventura College draws a crowd", Ventura County Star

August 14, 2013 "KVTA Audio Coverage of the Textbook Lending Library"


Infographic for Lending Library