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What is interlibrary loan?

Photo of a student looking in a book.

If the BCIT Library does not own the book or have access to journal article that you need, we will borrow it from another library.

When can I use it?

Use First Search to check the Library collection.

If the material you need is not listed use our inter-library loan system to request it.

Video and DVD materials may be borrowed for research and classroom presentations only. Requests must be made through your instructor.

How long does it take?

Articles are generally available 24 to 48 hours after a request is processed. Books may take up to 2 weeks depending on availability.

How much does it cost?

Currently the BCIT Library absorbs the cost of ILL. You are financially responsible for lost or damaged items borrowed.

Pick-up & return

For journal articles, you will receive notification by email with a link to access your article. This is a service called Post to Web. You have 14 days with a total of 3 tries to download or print the article after which the document is no longer available if either number is exhausted.

If you have problems with the article link contact our ILL office at 604-432-8619 or by email at  Please make sure to include your request number when leaving a message. Distance and online students may qualify to have books mailed to them. Please indicate your preference in the notes field on the request form.

Books must be returned within two weeks of receiving them. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. Overdue materials are subject to fines of $0.50 per day. Articles are yours to keep.

Materials unsuitable for ILL

  • Reference materials
  • Software
  • Entire issues of periodicals
  • Books that are owned by our library but are currently checked out
  • Bestsellers which can be obtained through a public library
  • Program and course required textbooks
  • Standards and patents

Copyright & licensing

In compliance with Copyright Legislation no more than 10% of a published work may be photocopied.

The BCIT Library supplies documents under the fair dealing and library exceptions of the Copyright Act, which allows use for research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire or parody.

Media cannot be copied or transferred in whole or in part without the written permission from the copyright owner.