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Your current BCIT Student ID card entitles you to library borrowing privileges at all campuses while you are attending BCIT courses.

You can obtain your BCIT Student ID card from the library during regular hours. Cards are not transferable and it is your responsibility to notify the Library and Security of a lost or stolen card. Borrowers are responsible for all materials and equipment charged to their card. This responsibility includes proper care and control of items in their possession, and return of materials on or before the due date or established recall date.

Loan periods & restrictions

Items Loan Period
Books, pamphlets & maps in the general collection 2 weeks
Calendars, annual reports, & maps 2 days
Reserve materials 3 hours to 7 days
Videos & DVDs 7 days

Maximum of 25 items, only 5 of which can be videos or DVDs, may be checked out at one time.

Items for in-library use only

Reference material, government documents, periodicals, newspapers, microfilm/fiche, 3-hour loan videos.


Library materials can be renewed up to 5 times providing no holds have been placed on the items.  Sign in to Your Library Account to renew items.

Reserve materials and Interlibrary Loans are non-renewable.


Requests may be placed on circulating items, other than reserve material and videos & DVDs. Find the items you want in the Library Catalogue, then click on the Request button and follow the instructions. You will be advised when your request is available by e-mail. Items will be held for 7 days from the date of notification. Cardholders can place up to five requests at one time on items that are out on loan.  View Your Library Account to check the status of requests.

Return of material

Material should be returned to the book return slot adjacent to the Circulation Desk at Burnaby or, after library hours, to one of the outside book drops. Material may be returned to any BCIT Campus library. Similar arrangements are available at BMC and ATC. Material may also be returned to the drop boxes located at AIC, and DTC.

In order to avoid fines, please return material on time.

Overdue materials

BCIT library fines

Item type Loan period Fine Maximum fine per item Overdue notice sent No. of days until invoiced
General Print Collection 2 weeks $0.50/day $20.00 5 days 30 days
Reserve Collection 3 hours $1.00/hour no max 2 days 7 days
1 day $1.00/day no max 5 days 15 days
2 days $1.00/day no max 5 days 15 days
7 days $1.00/day no max 5 days 15 days
14 days $1.00/day no max 5 days 15 days
28 days $1.00/day no max 5 days 15 days
Videos & DVDs 7 days $1.00/day $20.00 5 days 15 days
3 hours $1.00/hour $20.00 2 days 7 days
Non-Circulating Items (periodicals, standards, reference) As decided by Librarian $1.00/day $20.00 5 days 15 days
Laptop Computers 3 hours $10.00/hour no max 1 day 5 days
Maps 2 days $1.00/day $20.00 5 days 15 days
ILL 14 days $0.50/day $20.00 5 days 30 days
Calendar 2 days $1.00/day $20.00 5 days 15 days
IPADs 4 days $10.00/day no max 1 day 5 days
ITouch 14 days $10.00/day no max 1 day 5 days

Maximum fine is $20.00 per item for general items.  Reserve items, laptops, iPADs, iTouches, and other such devices will have a maximum fine at the replacement cost for the item.  After the maximum fine has been reached, you will be invoiced for the estimated replacement cost of the item, plus a $20.00 processing fee.

Fines and suspension of borrowing privileges start as soon as the item is overdue. Failure to return library materials and settle accumulated fines by the end of term may result in marks, diplomas, transcripts and re-registration being withheld.

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.

Lost or damaged material

In the event that material is lost or returned damaged, the full replacement value, together with a processing fee of $20.00, will be payable to the library.

Intercampus Loans

Material from other BCIT Libraries can be sent to the Library of your choice for pick-up including AIC and DTC. Once you find the items you want in the Library Catalogue, place a request by clicking on the Request button and choose your pick-up location from the drop-down menu.