What is a book key?

Your HLC book key is a 19-character code that allows you to access your book from your account.


To use a HLC book in your class, you need an instructor book key. You can request an instructor key from your publisher's sales representative or by submitting a request at http://hlc.quia.com/books/bookstore.html. Search for the appropriate title, then click Adoptions & Trials and select I am ready to adopt this book. Enter your information in the fields provided. The publisher will send you an e-mail with the book key.


Once you enter your book key, you will have the option to enter a course code that will register you for your class and allow you to submit your assignments to your instructor.

Start using your book in two easy steps:

Enter book keyEnter course codeStart assignments

Enter course codeEnter book keyStart assignments

Where do I find my key?

The book key is usually packaged with your textbook. The 16-19 character code (no hyphens) should be included in a white envelope or printed on the inside of a cardboard bi-fold that may be shrink wrapped in plastic. Your book key will not be printed on any part of your textbook.

Do I need to enter my book key every time I use my book?

Your book key is a one-time-use key. Once you have entered the book key, you will not need to enter it again. To access your book, simply log into your account by entering your username and password.

Where can I purchase a book key?

If you purchased a used textbook, or if your new textbook did not include a book key, you may purchase a book key from the Cengage Bookstore.

After you purchase your HLC book online, please check your e-mail inbox for your book key. If you do not see your key, please contact Cengage at http://support.cengage.com or (800) 354-9706 for help.

Need more help?

To find out how to obtain your course code, please click here.

To find out how to navigate your Student Workstation, please click here.

To find out how to locate your book in our online bookstore, please click here.

To see our frequently asked questions page, please click here.

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