Borrow Textbooks — For Free!

As students, you know we all pay big bucks for our textbooks. But, did you know you can borrow them for free? The Associated Students Bookloan Program is student-created and operated and loans out thousands of textbooks each semester.

How the Bookloan Program Works

At the start of the semester, we have a loaning period when books are loaned on a first-come, first-served basis. All students are allowed to borrow two textbooks that are yours until the last day of class in the same semester.  All books must be returned to Bookloan before the final day of the Semester in which the book was borrowed.

How to Borrow a Book

How to Return Textbooks

The AS Bookloan Program is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have overdue books from any semester, including Spring 2020, you may return them to the Ocean Campus Bookstore at the following times:

  • Mondays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: Closed

If you cannot come to campus during these times you may also place your books in our 24 hour drop box, which is located on the top floor of the Student Union by the main building entrance. If you would like to mail them back to campus please contact us at bookloan@mail.ccsf.edu for instructions.

Available Textbooks

Check our catalog of titles to ensure we carry the book you want. Please note that this list is not comprehensive — we purchase new books throughout the semester. We do not carry novels, access codes, or loose-leaf books. For English and other courses, visit your campus library or local public library to borrow novels used in your class. We also recommend visiting your campus library for textbooks on reserve.

Don't see the book you need? Feel free to send us a request with a suggestion for a book to add to our collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

All students enrolled in classes are eligible to borrow from Bookloan. You must be registered in our system when you pick up materials. Registering is quick and easy, just be sure to bring your CCSF student identification card and we will take care of the rest.

The lending term for all materials lasts through the last official day of finals. To ensure you get your items back on time, Bookloan recommends taking your final exam and then depositing your materials in the book drop located outside the 3rd floor of the Student Union Building.

Lending begins one week prior to the start of classes each semester. Bookloan remains open throughout the semester. Check in for upcoming dates and times, as hours vary from semester to semester.
 

Priority students are students who are enrolled in a full-time status AND qualify under one of the following statuses:

  • Receiving financial aid or the BOG fee waiver - 12 units
  • AB540 - 12 units
  • Veterans - 9 units
  • DSPS - 6 units

Priority students must provide documentation of their status at the time of borrowing.

All students enrolled in classes are eligible to borrow from Bookloan. If you do not qualify as a priority student, you may begin borrowing on the Bookloan's 3rd open day each term. Check-in for upcoming dates.
 

Like most nonprofits, Bookloan operates on a finite budget. Since textbook costs are so high, Bookloan must prioritize high need materials. This means Bookloan carries many but not all titles used at CCSF.

Academic holds are placed when a student fails to return all materials by the due date. Often a textbook is returned, but not a study guide or workbook. Once all materials are received, the hold will be lifted and students may resume using their accounts. If your item has been lost or stolen, please contact us to determine the replacement value fee.