Library cards & accounts
Through your library account you can:
- See what materials you have checked out
- Renew materials
- Place a hold on an item that is on loan
- Check the status of holds, bookings and interlibrary loan requests
- Save preferred searches and activate email alerts
- Access eReserves
- Use online electronic resources off-campus.
- Students, faculty and staff login with their BCIT ID number (A00…) and network pasword.
- Community borrowers login with their BCIT ID number (A…) and a six-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) – you can choose your own PIN, it must be six characters long. You will be prompted to enter it twice the first time you use it.
Students can get one in person at any BCIT campus or order one online. You will have to pick it up in person and present government issued photo ID. Employees must report to the Security Office in SW1, Room 1000 to get their cards.
Yes. BCIT does have agreements with UBC and some other post-secondary libraries. Contact the Service Desk at 604-432-8370 during regular library hours or by email for a complete list of participating institutions.
A card is not needed to use online resources. To borrow materials in person from the library a card is required.
Yes. Part-time students are eligible and can get one in the same manner as full-time students.
Search the catalogue by keyword or title to find out what video and DVD titles the Library owns. An advanced search, allows you to click on the Material Type drop down menu and select Videorecordings or DVDs. Video and DVD booking requests may be made in person, by telephone at 604-432-8370 or by email. Written requests can be forwarded to the Service Desk.
Contact Interlibrary Services in person at SE14–208, by telephone at 604-432-8619, or by email. Viewing facilities are available in all three campus libraries.
If the BCIT Library does not have access to a book or journal article that you need, you can use our Interlibrary Loan service. It takes anywhere from 3 days to 4 weeks to obtain materials depending upon availability.
Faculty at BCIT are eligible for a UBC Library card and/or SFU Library card free of charge. UBC cards are obtainable at the UBC Koerner Library Circulation Desk. You will need your BCIT ID card and one other piece of photo ID.
SFU cards can be obtained at any SFU branch library circulation/loans desk. You will need your BCIT ID card or pay slip as proof of employment at BCIT. The card is issued for one year and can be renewed.
You can set up email alerts for the Catalogue and several electronic article databases.
Finding & borrowing materials
Use First Search to find the wide range of materials owned by the Library.
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 AIC should place holds on the items they want in the Library Catalogue indicating that DTC or AIC is the pick-up location.
Items can be renewed to a maximum of five times provided there are no holds on them.
- Access Your Library Account
- Click on the Items Currently Checked Out button
- Click the box beside the titles you wish to renew and click the Renew Selected Items button or click on Renew All if you wish to renew all of the titles you have checked out
- Contact the Service desk at 604-432-8370 or by email if you are having problems
Place a hold on the item using the following steps:
- Search for the book in the First Search
- Click on the Request button
- Enter Your BCIT ID number and network password
- Choose a Pick up location from the drop down menu
- Click the Submit button
- Click the Request Selected Item button
- When the item(s) is available for pick up, we will send an email to your myBCIT email. Items can be picked up the Service Desk at your campus Library
If you have checked our First Search and have 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.
Once you find the materials you want, follow the instructions for getting materials.
Yes. Just follow the same procedure as for placing holds. Select your campus Library as the Pick up Location.
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.
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.
As stated in the Library’s Collection Development Policy [PDF], 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.
Contact the Service Desk at Burnaby campus at 604-432-8370 or by email.
Do to privacy concerns the Library no longer carries old exams.
Follow the instructions for Off-campus access.
Many journal articles are available full-text online but some are not. If you can’t find an article, search the catalogue by Title for the name of the Journal. If the title is in the catalogue, the Library has a copy in print or electronic full-text. You can go the Journals area of your campus Library and make a photocopy or access the full-text using the link in the catalogue record. If the Library does not own the journal, you will have to request an Interlibrary Loan. You can search the catalogues of other local libraries if you are willing to go to another location to get the article.
Photocopying & printing
Photocopiers are located in all Campus libraries. The cost is $0.10 per page. Most machines require you to use your BCIT ID card. You can add money to your card using the Cash Manager machines located at each campus. If you don’t have a card, you can purchase a Cash Card from the Cash Manager machine for $1.00. There is a coin operated machine at the Burnaby Campus Library.
All printing is done with your BCIT ID card. The cost is $0.10 per page single-sided or $0.08 per page double-sided. You can add money to your card using the Cash Manager machines located at each campus. If you don’t have a card, you can purchase a Cash Card from the Cash Manager machine for $1.00. Printers are located in the ehPod, adjacent to the Research Network on Main Level and in the Learning Commons on Level 3.
There is a colour printer by the Research Network and in the ehPod on Level 1 of the Burnaby Campus Library. The cost is $0.75 per page.
Use the Cash Manager machine. At the Burnaby Campus, there is one located by the photocopiers on the Main Floor of the Library. At the ATC Library, you will find it on the 2nd floor of the Campus building. At BMC Library, it is near the reception desk.
Computers in the library
Students can use their regular network Login as described in the Knowledge Base.
Contact the IT Services Help Desk.
There is a scanner in the ehPOD on Level 1 of the Burnaby Campus Library.
Burnaby Campus – Research Network by the Information Desk on the Main Level, the ehPod on Level 1 and Learning Lab in room 301 on Level 3.
BMC – Library computers
ATC – Library computers
Visit the labs by campus page to find other BCIT computers with Internet access
The Burnaby & ATC Campus Libraries have laptops and iPads to lend to students. The Burnaby Campus Library also has iTouches, eReaders and Smart Phones. Check our mobile page for details.
Wireless access is available throughout the entire Library. The Knowledge Base has instructions for wireless access. Visit the Service Desk on the Main Level of the Library if you have problems.
At Burnaby Campus Libraries, non-BCIT library users can request a guest login by visiting the Service Desk. This allows access to the Research Network on the Main floor only.
The Burnaby Campus Library has considerable space for group study, quiet individual study and silent study.
The ehPod, containing the computer lab and study rooms on the first floor of the Burnaby Campus Library, is open 24 hours a day, year round.
Note that your BCIT ID card is required for entry after the rest of the Library has closed.
Visit the Learning Commons web site to learn more about the services provided in this space which is located on the 3rd floor of the Burnaby Campus Library.
Study rooms can be booked online.
If you prefer to book in person visit the Service Desk on the Main Floor of SE14 on the Burnaby Campus – there is a $1.00 charge for in-person advance booking.