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Regardless of where learners are located, we make every effort to provide equivalent services and resources to distance and online learners whenever possible.

Eligibility for distance services

Services will be offered to students who are registered as Distance Education students at BCIT.

  • Students must be currently enrolled in a course that is at least two weeks in duration.
  • Faculty must be currently employed at BCIT.
  • Services are provided for course related research only and all existing loan policies apply.

Getting started

Use the First Search box on the Library home page to start your research.

First Search will give you access to articles and e-books online, databases, books and much more. In order to view books and articles online, you must login with your BCIT email address and password.

If you need a book or article text that is not available online, follow the instructions for requesting material.

Online databases

You can also search online resources directly. The Online Databases section of our website lists the individual e-resources subscribed by the library.

These resources include article databases such as Business Source Complete, CINAHL and Vocational Studies.

There are also collections of e-books such as Books 24×7, EnviroNetBase and Knovel.

Other resources such as CSA and ASTM standards, Passport and PrivCo and LexisNexis Quicklaw can also be found here.

Finding it on the web

Use these tools to find quality online resources:

Getting materials

For items not available online contact the Library’s Service Desk by phone or email to request :

Rush delivery is available to students who are willing to pay for courier charges.

Can’t find what you want at BCIT Library?  Request an Interlibrary Loan to get books and articles that are not part of the BCIT Library collection.

You can also borrow books from other libraries yourself. Most public, BC college, and university libraries offer free borrowing privileges to registered BCIT students. You will be required to present proof that you are a current student.