The textbooks link in the online course schedule should take you to a site that is managed by the ACC bookstore. It includes two lists of titles, labeled RECOMMENDED and REQUIRED.
Many of our courses have options for how to purchase materials, and we list all of those options for the bookstore. Because they maintain their own site, the only information we are allowed to provide is a label of RECOMMENDED or REQUIRED for each title. The reason this causes so much confusion is that there is often a lot of overlap in the listed materials. For example, an Intermediate Algebra course may have the following titles listed:
MYMATHLAB STUDENT ACCESS KIT REQUIRED PACKAGE
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA W/CD + ACCESS RECOMMENDED PACKAGE
INTERMED ALG LOOSE LEAF PACKAGE RECOMMENDED PACKAGE
This list means that MyMathLab access is required for this section. It is possible to purchase MyMathLab access alone, which is the first option listed. It is also possible to instead purchase one of the other two options: a bound textbook which includes MyMathLab access if purchased new, or a loose leaf textbook which also includes MyMathLab access.
All students can purchase a new textbook from an ACC bookstore, which comes bundled with a Student MyMathLb access code. This is generally the most cost-effective way to get both a hard copy of the textbook and access to MyMathLab.
Students in sections that require MyMathLab also have the option of purchasing just MyMathLab access, as a stand-alone product. MyMathLab includes an electronic form of the textbook, so students purchasing MyMathLab only can still access pages from the textbook.
Students in sections that do not require MyMathLab should check with their instructor before purchasing MyMathLab as a stand-alone product. Some instructors require students to have a hard copy of the textbook that they bring to class each class meeting day.
While it is possible to purchase a used textbook in addition to MyMathLab, it is generally less cost-effective than purchasing a new textbook from an ACC bookstore, which includes MyMathLab access, so in most cases it is not recommended. Students in sections that do not require MyMathLab may still purchase a used textbook, if they do not intend to use the features available in MyMathLab.