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GWC Library: Off-Campus Access Instructions

Instructions for logging into our library resources off campus.

What is your Coast/MyGWC Account?

Your Coast or MyGWC Account is your student account for Golden West College and gives you access to the following:

  • Library Resources
  • Canvas
  • MyGWC (and MyOCC or MyCCC if you are enrolled at either Orange Coast or Coastline College too)
  • Free access to Office 365
  • ... to name a few.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you reset your password for MyGWC using the 'Forgot Password' link, you will be resetting the password for ALL of these services.

This account information is sent to you when you register for classes on campus.

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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