This spring the Milpitas Extension opened officially for business. While the Extension does not (yet) have a Library, it is supported by the San José City College Library through a textbook lending program. One of the biggest hurdles for students to attend college is the high cost of textbooks, and one of the goals for the Milpitas Extension is to provide textbook use free of charge.
To date, the Library has obtained and processed 338 textbooks, which are checked out to Milpitas students for the entire semester. Currently, the Library works with the SJCC Bookstore to acquire the texts. Milpitas course instructors are asked in advance for titles of the textbooks they plan to use. Once the book orders are delivered to the Bookstore, the Library insures that the textbooks are delivered to students.
At the end of the semester, students return their textbooks on the last day of class. The Library then inventories the textbooks and returns them to special collection shelving until the courses in which they are assigned are taught once again.