Library and Learning Resources

HCC Libraries and Learning Resources / Bookstore

HCC Libraries and Learning Resources /Bookstore
HCC Libraries are welcoming spaces to study and access resources to support learning. Libraries are open 7 days a week and are here to help students succeed. The HCC library system consists of 9 libraries, 6 electronic resource centers (ERCs) as well as holdings with access to more than 580,000 electronic and print resources. HCC librarians are available face-to-face and online to help guide students to the resources they need. HCC librarians also collaborate with faculty to provide course related instruction face to face and on-line. HCC Libraries also provide access to more than 270 unique databases, numerous digital journals and thousands of physical multimedia items. For more information regarding all of HCC Library resources, please visit

How Do I Find What I Want?
HCC’s online catalog is accessible on and off-campus at The catalog is updated frequently and provides easy access for navigating library resources. The EBSCO Discovery Service also provides access to the HCC online catalog and a large selection of the HCC licensed databases in a single search.

More Than Books and Databases
HCC Libraries provides access to computers, printing, photocopying, scanning, DVDs, streaming video, Chromebooks, study rooms, 3D printing, and one-button studio access in certain locations. Assistive technology includes laptops with ADA software installed, TOPAZ video magnifiers, purple phones and more. More information regarding these resources is available at

What If It Isn’t At My Campus?
Books can be requested and delivered to any HCC Campus library by simply clicking on the "Request" button through the catalog. Students will need an HCC Library card number to access the databases away from campus. For an HCC ID card, go to “Get My Barcode” at

How Do I Check Out What I Need?
A student ID card is a library card. Library material can be checked out for 3 weeks and renewed twice. Students can renew twice by telephone or the library website.

Overdue Books
The card inside books shows when it is to be returned. If a student fails to return it, a “hold” status is reported and reflected on their student record(s) and will affect their ability to register for additional courses or obtain a transcript. Also, students will be blocked from further borrowing until the materials due are returned to the library.

What About Other Libraries?
In the event the HCC Libraries do not own a particular item students need for their research, students, faculty, and staff have full privileges to the TexShare Card Program and to the interlibrary loan program which expands access to the collections of all participating libraries. Students will be subject to the loan rules of each individual institution—both as to the number of items they may check out and how long they may keep them out. Students will be responsible for any overdue fines or lost book fees that particular library may charge.

Students may purchase textbooks, study aids, and a wide range of novelty items and apparel at the college bookstore. Students are encouraged to purchase books prior to the first day of class. Students should bring a copy of their class schedule to ensure that they are purchasing the correct texts. The bookstore will buy back books that are in good condition and will pay 50 percent of the purchase price if they will be in use the next term and if the text is not overstocked. For more information:
For more information regarding HCC’s policy regarding textbooks, please see Board Policy EDA (Legal) and (Local) located at