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Technology & Learning Resources

Allan Hancock College and the Central Coast has plenty of resources to help you focus on your academics without having to worry about technology and books! We understand the COVID-19 Pandemic has made things incredibly challenging, but know that we have your back! Check out the programs below for more information.

Allan Hancock College Resources

The Library is lending laptops to students throughout the semester. Pickup from the Santa Maria Library or Lompoc Valley Center Library. Use the link below to request a laptop or search "Chromebook" on the library website.

Request a Laptop Here

Need to access WIFI for class? The Library is lending laptops to students throughout the semester. Pickup from the Santa Maria Library or Lompoc Valley Center Library. Use the link below to request a laptop or search "Hotspot : Library student loan program" on the library website.

Request a Hotspot Here

What is a WIFI hotspot?

Hotspots are mobile devices that let you connect to wireless internet wherever you are! 

Wi-Fi is available in every building on the Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Santa Ynez campuses. In addition, we have outdoor Wi-Fi available in a few areas on the Santa Maria campus. You can connect on the patio between the library and the Student Center, in the parking lot outside of the gym (bldg. N), in front of bldg. S, and in the parking lot near Humanities (bldg. C). See image below:a map of the santa maria campus with prominant markings for where outdoor Wi-Fi is available.

Books for Bulldogs

Books for Bulldogs is a free service that allows currently enrolled AHC students to borrow textbooks for an entire semester.

To request a book from the Books for Bulldogs program, follow these steps in the Library Catalog:

  • Type in your book title, course or keyword into the search box 
  • Select Books for Bulldogs from the drop-down list in the box
  • Click the magnifying glass to search
  • Locate your book in the list of search results and click the title
  • Verify this is the correct course and textbook you need
  • Click Sign-in in the yellow box to log-in to your library account with your AHC credentials
  • Select the book by clicking Request
  • Choose your pick-up location and Submit
  • You will receive an email with instructions for pickup if your request is accepted

For more information about how to place a book hold request please click our libguide here .

Rules and Guidelines:

  • Currently enrolled AHC students are eligible to borrow textbooks.
  • Three (3) textbooks limited per student.
  • There is no guarantee that requested textbooks will be available, as textbook supply is limited.
  • The program does not carry access codes or course packets.
  • Book orders are filled in the order requests are received.
  • Book requests for the Fall 2021 semester will open August 9 - November 1, 2021.
  • Book requests for Winter 2021 will open December 6, 2021 - January 3, 2022.

BOOK PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS

Requested textbooks for Fall 2021 will be available for pickup at our Santa Maria campus library on August 16 through August 17 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.  Items not picked up after one week on the hold shelf will be placed back into the collection. 

For those students wishing to pickup their requested textbooks at our Lompoc Valley Center Campus please contact us at 805-735-3366 ext. 5224 or contact Naomi at nsuniga@hancockcollege.eduLompoc book pick up location should also be chosen at the time of placing your request.

BOOK RETURN INSTRUCTIONS 

Summer 2021: Book returning just got a whole lot easier. Simply visit either the Santa Maria Campus or the Lompoc Valley Center Campus and put your book in one of the library’s book drops. It’s that easy. We’ll do all the rest. All borrowed Books for Bulldog items need to be returned by August 6, 2021. Blocks will be placed on all student library accounts for overdue items that are not returned and will remain in place until items are returned to the library.

 

Questions? Contact the Books for Bulldogs program  

805-922-6966 ext. 3500

ahcbooksforbulldogs@hancockcollege.edu

Unable to find your book?

Submit a request for Emergency Funds to apply for assistance with purchasing your textbooks. Please include in your application that you have checked Books for Bulldogs for your book.

Community Resources

Federal Lifeline Assistance:

Assurance Wireless is a federal Lifeline Assistance program. Lifeline is a government assistance program. The Assurance Wireless offer provides eligible low-income customers free monthly data, unlimited texting, and free monthly minutes. Plus a free phone.

Qualifications:

Enrollment is available to individuals who qualify based on federal or state-specific eligibility criteria. You may qualify if you are on certain public assistance programs, like Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

You can also qualify based on your household income. If you are unemployed, you can use your Unemployment Benefit Letter as proof of eligibility until 09/30/21.

Proof of Eligibility:

You must provide proof of program participation or proof of income.

One Account per Household:

The Lifeline Assistance program is available for only one wireless or wireline account per household. Separate households that live at the same address are eligible, including residents of homeless shelters and nursing homes. Residents with temporary addresses are also eligible.

APPLY HERE

EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

The FCC has announced that consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

Free Xfinity WIFI Hotspots

Xfinity WiFi hotspots in out-of-home locations are available for free to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity Internet customers, to keep our communities connected with their friends and family.

What hotspots are included?
Xfinity WiFi hotspots located both indoors and outdoors in places like shopping districts, parks, businesses, and train stations are open. Hotspots located in customers’ homes are not opened to the public.

Xfinity Internet customers can find the exact hotspot locations at xfinity.com/wifi/#find-a-hotspot. Xfinity Internet customers with xFi Gateways can also locate them through the Xfinity app or Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app.

Does the free access apply to both customers and non-customers?
Yes, anyone in proximity to an Xfinity WiFi hotspot (located on the map) can access it. 

Find a hotspot near you

Internet Essentials with Comcast

"As a part of our ongoing commitment to keeping families connected to fast, reliable Internet, we’re proud to support the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit program. This new government program offers temporary financial assistance to new and existing customers in qualified households. It’s easy to enroll and will fully cover the $9.95 monthly cost*.
* Taxes and fees extra"

Apply here!

Santa Maria Public Library

The Library holds a wide variety of resources beyond just books! Check out their website for events for adults, youth, & seniors in English & Spanish!

They also have computers you can use, as well as chromebooks that you can borrow!

How do I get a library card?

Apply online at Blackgold.org to get an electronic library card to begin placing holds, using e-books and other electronic content immediately. Visit the Black Gold website to review options or call the library at (805)925-0994 extension 8563 for more information.

Location

Santa Maria Public Library (Main Library)
421 South McClelland Street, Santa Maria, California 93454
(805) 925-0994

Hours

Monday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday

Closed

Lompoc Public Library System

The Library holds a wide variety of resources beyond just books! Check out their website for events for adults, youth, & seniors in English & Spanish!

How do I get a library card?

Lompoc Public Library Cards are available to California residents, or to anyone with a valid government issued photo ID and a California mailing address.

Patrons may apply in person or online.

Lompoc Main Library
501 E. North Avenue
Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone: 805-875-8775

Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10-5

Friday & Saturday: 1-5