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Free Online Access to Electronic Textbooks Until May 25


VitalSource Helps supports students who may have lost access to course materials due to a campus moving online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and instructors at impacted 2 and 4-year non-profit institutions in the U.S. can now access an expansive catalog of etexts through May 25, 2020, at no charge. This program is made possible by the support of leading publishers, campus retailers, and independent bookstores in higher education.

How to Get Started

  1. Go to
  2. Fill out the form in full, make sure to use your Peralta email address, and click the Create button.
  3. Confirm you account by finding the, “Please verify your VitalSource Bookshelf account” email and clicking the “Confirm Your Email” button.
  4. Once you are in Bookshelf, click the Explore button to search our expansive catalog and borrow up to seven (7) eBooks. 

For help, visit the VitalSource Bookshelf Support website.


To ensure that all students have access to their course materials amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, RedShelf Responds is partnering with the publishing community to provide up to 7 free eBooks from participating publishers. (Program applies to students at non-profit, semester-based schools, and access runs through May 25th.)

Register for a RedShelf account using your Peralta email address to get started. For help, visit FAQs about RedShelf Response.