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THE LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch (2010 - 2011 Book of the Year)




SAC Nealley Library has a total of 22 copies of The Last Lecture in English, 4 copies in Spanish, as well as 4 DVDs of the lecture in English w/Spanish subtitles. Since we anticipate many student and staff requests, copies of this title will check out for one week (7 days). Call, or stop by the Nealley Library Reference Desk, we’ll be happy to assist you. The Last Lecture, Call Number: Main Stacks QA 76.2 P38 2008

The Nealley Library also owns one copy of Learning to program with Alice, (the book and the accompanying CD-ROM), co-authored by Wanda Dann, Stephen Cooper and Randy Pausch. Call Number: Main Stacks QA 76.64 .D36 2006

Our SAC Bookstore has copies of The Last Lecture on hand for sale. Cost is $16.00

Check local public library holdings to borrow additional copies.


Be sure to explore The Last Lecture Educator's Guide:, as well as the
Reading Group Discussion Guide: for classroom discussion, and assignment ideas.

The book’s official website: provides access to Randy Pausch’s lectures, as well as to great classroom ideas, group discussion activities, interviews, media coverage, and numerous additional resources.

The lecture which inspired the book is available online for free. Please remember that online video clips and interviews shown in class, or assigned as required must be “closed captioned”. The youtube lecture: is available as “close captioned” (just click on the “cc” located just below the screen).

Also available online are his November 2007 University of Virginia "Time Management" lecture:, as well as his May 18, 2008 Commencement ceremony address to the Carnegie Mellon University graduating Class of 2008:

Continue to check our SAC Book of the Year college web page for additional resources, as well as for programs and activities related to The Last Lecture. This web page also provides information about last year's Book of the Year.

For Book of the Year questions/feedback, or information on how this work will, or has been successfully used with Santa Ana College and Middle College High School students, contact


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