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Online Textbooks for COVID-19 Closure Period: Where to Find Free Textbooks Online

RedShelf, VitalSource, OpenStax, and LAVC E-Resources


This textbook guide had information about free e-textbooks available from March-May 2020, but that information is no longer up to date.

If you wish to access textbooks online, please see the options below.

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Other COVID-19 Info

Library Services during COVID-19 closures

LACCD COVID-19 info page

CDC Coronavirus page

Additional Media Resources (non-LAVC)

Ways To Access Materials


How To Use OpenStax

OpenStax texts are in use by some of our students and faculty. They are free for anyone to use, anytime!  They are all available for free download indefinitely. 

To access a book, please find the topic you're looking for at this page

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