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Load Textbooks From MyCSULB
Pre-load your textbooks to Beach BookCompare by clicking the “My Textbook” link from your MyCSULB Student Center portal. 

Go directly to Beach Book Compare, select your classes, select your textbooks, compare prices (with the online marketplace), add to cart (whether from the Bookstore or the marketplace)and check out. 

Physical Options

As a non-profit, the 49er Shops are dedicated to lowering the costs of course materials by acquiring cheaper formats from the traditional new book whenever available. These include sourcing as many used books as possibleworking with vendors to make as many titles available as a rentalacquiring cheaper loose-leaf formatsand producing faculty course packs. Some classes may require bundles, which is a set of multiple books or a combination of a physical textbook along with a digital courseware product.


Rental Policy

When renting a textbook, you will need to provide a CSULB student ID number, as well as a credit card that does not expire before the rental due date. Whether renting in-store or through an online order you will also need to agree to the rental agreement. For information on rental returns, please visit the Rental Returns webpage.

Digital Options

E-Book or Courseware

An e-book is the textbook in a digital format. It is no longer just a plain PDF. With our digital provider, RedShelf, e-books now contain features such as highlighting and notetaking. If available, e-books can be purchased via Beach Book Compare through the CSULB RedShelf Digital Bookstore or students can visit directly.

courseware is an adaptive learning technology product which contains homework, quizzes, and/or tests. Examples of courseware include Connect, LaunchPad, MindTap, Revel, WebAssign, and WileyPlus. Courseware products usually include the e-book. 

Physical Codes vs. Redshelf

Digital items are accessed through physical codes or RedShelf, depending on the title and vendor. All digital items will contain the word DIGITAL in the title.

Physical Codes – The author will contain the word “PHYSICALIf purchased via web order, physical codes will either be shipped or available for pick up depending on the shipping method selected. If purchased in-store, physical codes will be available at the front registers. Access instructions will be provided along with the code. 

RedShelf – The author will contain the word “REDSHELF”. If purchased via web order, access instructions will be emailed to you from when the order is processed. If purchased in-store, access instructions will be printed on the bottom of the receipt. 

Students can also purchase materials directly from the RedShelf website by visiting 

Day 1 Digital Access Program

Day 1 Digital Access (D1DA) is a CSULB program where the required course material is available digitally through BeachBoard at a discounted price. 

Students will receive FREE access to the course materials on the first day of classes and have until the first add/drop deadline (without W) to OPT OUT. After the opt-out deadline, any student who stays opted in will be charged to their CSULB account, allowing more time to pay for the material. 

To find out if your class is enrolled in the D1DA program, please visit your BeachBoard class page or check with your instructor. Any class enrolled in the D1DA program will have a title listed as 'DAY 1 DIGITAL ACCESS (VISIT BEACHBOARD)' on the Beach Book Compare website. Additionally, you will receive an email from on the first day of classes if any of your classes are enrolled in D1DA.

For more information, please visit