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The Books H.E.L.P. Program

Books H.E.L.P.

Books H.E.L.P. is a program that helps eligible Antelope Valley College students borrow course textbooks and calculators until the agreed return date, free of charge—stand-alone access codes for statistics courses (StatCrunch and MyMathLab -MML).

Hours for Pickup: Mondays and Thursdays at Books H.E.L.P. (SCT-125) from 10 AM - 12 PM until June 20. After June 14, by appointment only. To make an appointment, call extension 661-722-6300, extension 6375.

Hours for Dropoff: Textbooks can be dropped off at the Equity Counter in the HUB from 7:30 AM - 6 PM Mondays through Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 AM - 6 PM. The HUB is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM and Friday from 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM.


  1. To be eligible for the Books H.E.L.P. Program, students must be:
  2. Currently, be enrolled as an AVC Student.
  3. Currently registered in the class for which the book is required. 
  4. Have a current Education Plan and are on track for degree/certificate completion.
  5. FAFSA/DREAM ACT/Financial Aid Verification of Funds Form/AB540 application completed at the AVC Financial Aid office for the academic year that books are requested.
  6. Submit a complete online Books H.E.L.P. application by the deadline.
  7. No prior penalties within the Books H.E.L.P. program.
  8. Have reviewed Books H.E.L.P terms and fines guidelines (see here)

Students are served on a first-come, first-served basis according to each person’s needs and Books H.E.L.P. ranking criteria. Students must apply each semester. Books H.E.L.P. Committee has the right to deny the application at any time. 

Note: If the instructor has not submitted their book request to the bookstore, the book will not show on the book listing. Please reach out to the instructor regarding book availability.


Students wishing to apply must submit a complete online book request application.

The Fall 2024 Application is now open!

Additional distributions will be held for Late-Start Classes.


Fall 2024 Application



Lancaster Campus:

8/19 - 12/07 - 16 weeks - Deadline to submit application is September 6th at 11:45 PM
8/19 - 10/14 - 8 weeks
8/19 - 09/21 - 5 weeks
9/23 - 10/26 - 5 weeks
8/19 - 9/14 - 4 weeks
9/16 - 12/04 - 12 weeks 

10/14 - 12/7 - 8 weeks - Deadline to submit application is October 25th at 11:45 PM
11/04 - 12/07 6 weeks

Palmdale Center:  

- Application Deadline: August 14, 2024, at 11:45 PM 

- Late applicants must pick up their books at the Lancaster Campus after approval.  

Distributions will be held for the Main Campus (Lancaster) and the Palmdale Center. Additional information and updates will be sent via AVC email. 


Application Instructions:

Before beginning the application, you should have the following available to you:

  • Student ID Number
  • AVC Email Address
  • Be Logged into your AVC Email (You will not be able to access the application if not logged into your AVC Email)


Please make sure your schedule is finalized before applying for Books H.E.L.P.


Returning Books?

Book returns will be accepted at the end of the term. Additional information about book return locations and dates will be sent to your email.

Textbooks and calculators must be returned to the check-in office on or before the borrower’s agreement date. Students who are tardy in returning their textbook(s) may be ineligible to participate in the program. Failure to return the book(s) will result in the HOLD remaining on the student’s account (restriction from registration, financial aid, etc.). If a borrowed book is lost, stolen, or damaged, the borrowing student accepts full responsibility for the replacement costs of the book, which must be repaid to the Books H.E.L.P. Program before the hold is removed from the student account.


For information, please see:

Books H.E.L.P. FAQ

Books H.E.L.P. Information for Instructors


Contact Information:

For more information or questions about the Books H.E.L.P. Program, reach out to us at bookshelp@avc.edu.

A generous grant from the Student Equity Grant funds Books H.E.L.P.