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Library goes remote

You can now enjoy complimentary digital access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal with unlimited access to articles, news, videos and multimedia*. 

To set up your New York Times account for the first time, you must be on our campus internet network.  Click on the image below, and follow the steps as directed on the webpage


To set up your Wall Street Journal account for the first time, students, faculty and staff can activate their WSJ memberships via this URL:  
If you are having trouble creating an account, or have any questions, please chat with us or email and we will be happy to help.
(*Ask the library about restrictions including crosswords and date ranges.)


Libby the reading app from our library

Welcome to OverDrive, AHC! OverDrive is a free ebook and audiobook borrowing service. Check out many new and exciting selections (over 5,000 ebooks and audiobooks!) unique to AHC's virtual shelves. Begin browsing by going to and then download the Libby app to read these books and listen to audiobooks on your phone or other device. To get started, select AHC as your library. Contact us with any questions!





Get access to even more ebooks and audiobooks through the santa maria public library and overdrive


Get access to even more ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive through the Black Gold Cooperative Library System. Residents of Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County can now fill out a form to get a library e-card and immediately start borrowing digital materials, including thousands of ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive. Fill out the form here. Users can access Overdrive materials on Libby from both the AHC Library and the Santa Maria Public Library (just make sure to add both libraries on Libby). See below for an image of the public library e-card application. 




Book Club Flier for the Friends of the Library. This flier lists the monthly book pics.

  • Friends of the Library Book Club: The Friends of the Allan Hancock College Library invites all staff and faculty to participate in timely discussions, develop relationships with peers and mentors, gain a fresh perspective, and re-energize as a team, all through a monthly Book Club! We will be reading a variety of genres to include a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Our next meeting will be on Friday, April 17, from 1:15-2:15 pm and we will meet virtually). The May Book Club pick is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (to be discussed on Friday, May 15, from 1:15-2:15 pm, and we will meet virtually). The June Book Club pick is Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (to be discussed on Friday, June 19, from 1:15-2:15 pm and we will meet virtually) and the July book pick is Fahrenheit 451 (to be discussed on Friday, July 17, from 1:15-2:15 pm, and we will meet virtually). 
  • This opportunity can earn you Professional Development hours. Can't attend the meetings but want to join the book club? Current faculty and staff can join the conversation via Canvas! Please contact Vickey Smith at or call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3224 for more information.



In February and March of 2020, the Friends of the AHC Library sponsored a series of free lectures presented by AHC faculty on the topic of the play Julius Caesar (in conjunction with PCPA's production of it). Missed the lectures? Enjoy Dr. Omidsalar's lecture on tyranny here

Missing your AHC family? See more lectures from the Friends of the Library-sponsored lecture series "Captain G. Allan Hancock -- Man on the Go," presented by Dr. Roger Hall in the fall of 2018. 

View Lecture 1 of "Captain G. Allan Hancock -- Man on the Go"

View Lecture 2 of "Captain G. Allan Hancock -- Man on the Go"

View Lecture 3 of "Captain G. Allan Hancock -- Man on the Go"

View "WWI: A Centennial Perspective"

Spring 2020 Faculty Lecture Series flier with presenter names and dates and times of lectures


Interested in seeing what events are happening at the library? Check out the library calendar below!

Want to schedule a library orientation for your class? After you check the calendar, schedule your orientation here: 

Schedule a Library Orientation







This semester, come learn about research essentials, new article and film databases, and much more! See specific research workshops by topic and date. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Research workshops this spring

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