Faqs :: Finding and Borrowing Materials

How do I find out what books, journals and audiovisual materials the Library has?

Use Catalogue QuickSearch to find the wide range of materials owned by the Library.

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How do I borrow books, videos, etc.?

Bring the materials to the Service Desk of the Library at your Campus. Use your BCIT ID card to sign them out. More information on borrowing materials is available on the Web site. Students at DTC and GNW should place holds on the items they want in the Library Catalogue indicating that DTC or GNW is the pick-up location.

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How can I renew materials?

Items can be renewed to a maximum of five times provided there are no holds on them.

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The book I want is signed out to someone else. What should I do?

Place a hold on the item using the following steps:

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BCIT doesn’t have the book or journal article I want. How can I get it?

If you have checked our catalogue and databases and not found the book or article you need, you can request an Interlibrary Loan. Complete one of the online forms or use the paper forms available at the Information Desk at your campus Library. When the material arrives, we will send a message to your myBCIT email. Items can be picked up at the Service Desk at your campus Library.

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I’m a distance education student. How do I borrow materials?

Once you find the materials you want, follow the instructions for getting materials.

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Can I get books and articles delivered from other BCIT campus libraries?

Yes. Just follow the same procedure as for placing holds. Select your campus Library as the Pick up Location.

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How can I pay my overdue fines?

Library fines may be paid in person at any campus library, at any Customer Service Representative location once a banner hold has been placed, or by major credit card over the phone.

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Where do I return books?

Books can be returned to the Service Desk at any campus Library during opening hours. After hours, they can be left in the outdoor book return bins. Students at DTC and GNW can be return materials to the drop boxes at their campus locations.

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My instructor says there is a book on Reserve for my course. Where will I find it?

Search the catalogue by Course Code or Instructor’s Name to identify Course Reserves. Bring the Call number to the Service Desk at your campus Library to retrieve print materials. To access electronic reserves, you will have to sign in to Your Library Account.

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Does the Library have a copy of my textbook?

As stated in the Library’s Collection Development Policy, the Library does not purchase copies of textbooks unless a faculty member requests that a copy be placed in the Reserve collection. Exceptions are made under certain circumstances. Search the Library Catalogue by Title or Author to determine if your textbook is in our collection. The BCIT Bookstore sells textbooks and other course materials.

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I need a description of a course I took at BCIT to apply to another school. How do I get copies of course outlines?

Contact the Service Desk at Burnaby campus at 604-432-8370 or by email

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Does the Library have copies of old exams?

Some instructors have provided the Library with copies of old exams. They are part of the Course Reserves collection. Search the catalogue by Course Code or Instructor’s Name to find out if your course exam is in the Library.

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