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GWC Library: Off-Campus Access Instructions

Instructions for logging into our library resources off campus.

Use Your COAST (MyGWC/Canvas) Username and Password

You may see the following screen if you are accessing library resources from off-campus or from the campus WiFi: 

When you click on a library database, you will be asked to login to get into the database or retrieve the full-text of the item you are viewing.

1. The 'new' way to login is to click on the big green button that says "MyGWC Login Click here*".

New log in for library (MyGWC account) first and legacy system second ("C" number)

2. Instructions for logging in the "Old" Way.

Problems with Your Coast Username or Password?

Contact District IT:

(714) 438 8188.

If you are a currently enrolled student and have questions about your COAST Username or Password, they can help.

If you are not able to log in or are locked out, try using the self-service Forgot Password procedure by clicking on the image below.


Your ONE-TIME passcode will be emailed to the personal alternate email that you must have set up in MyGWC. Call District IT if you do not recognize the alternate email or need to set one up.

Coast Username log in screen - use Forgot Password link

Creating Your Password

District Password Complexity Rules:

Requires a minimum of 12 characters including three out of four of the following:

  • 1 lower case letter (a-z)
  • 1 capital letter (A-Z)
  • 1 number (0-9)
  • 1 special character
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