Your library card
The Douglas College identification card is also your library card. Contact Employee Relations at local 5440 if an ID card is needed.
Borrowing library material
Books are on loan for two weeks and may be renewed up to two days in advance if there are no holds on the item. Reference books are generally for library use only but may be borrowed on short term loan by faculty.
End semester returns
All library materials are due by the last day of the semester. If you'd like to keep your items over the semester break, please bring them all back to the library so we can update your library record and re-issue your books.
Items not returned are considered lost and borrowers are billed. If materials are not returned or paid for within a semester period, the borrower's library privileges are revoked and they are not able to borrow books and equipment from the library until they are returned.
Current issues are for in-library use only but back issues may be borrowed for up to three days by faculty. Please consult the librarian at the Information Desk.
Students and employees may borrow books and periodical articles from university, college and selected public and special libraries in British Columbia and across Canada. Materials are generally delivered to your campus within 8-14 days. To request a book or article from another library, please fill out an online interlibrary loan form.
Periodical databases on the Electronic Library Network provide a service called GODOT that allows you to request your interlibrary loan directly from the lending library while in the database. If using this option, only articles that are not available in our collection may be requested.
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Some video titles may also be available on interlibrary loan through the Media Exchange Cooperative . Call Theresa at local 5186 for more information.
There is no charge to employees and students for interlibrary loans. However, Douglas College Library pays a minimum of $5.00 for each item requested. Those with extensive research projects requiring access to materials not available in the Douglas College Library collection are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the in-house borrowing privileges extended to all employees by other BC colleges and universities.
Using university and college libraries
Douglas College faculty are eligible to obtain library cards at no cost from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. When requesting cards at these institutions, please ensure that you take your Douglas College library card and a letter from your department indicating that you are currently working as faculty at the College. Douglas College Library also has reciprocal borrowing agreements with a number of post-secondary institutions in the Lower Mainland.
Books, articles and other readings that are assigned for specific courses may be placed on reserve by instructors for short loan periods e.g. 2 hours, 24 hours, 3 days or 4 days. Materials in the library as well as personal copies of books and other course-related material are accepted.
Please allow five working days to process submitted reserves. Request forms are available at the Circulation Desk or online.
Videos may also be placed on reserve, provided they have public performance rights. You can find out this information by performing a search for the video in question in the library catalogue. If there is a message in the local note field near the bottom that says "Limited Public Performance License Applies", then you can be sure that there are public performance rights. If the note only has one entry saying "Home Use Only" then the item doesn't have public performance rights and may not be placed on reserve.
Requesting videos, DVDs and audiovisual equipment
Videos and DVDs circulate for two days and those borrowed on Friday are due on Monday at 9:00 am. Feature films now sign out for one week.
Advanced requests are strongly encouraged! Please note that your request date should be at least 48 hours from now.
When videos or DVDs are not available at Douglas College, faculty can borrow these materials from agencies outside Douglas College. Contact Theresa Kenkel
at local 5186.
AV Equipment Training
The library has a wide variety of AV equipment in its collection. Assistance in the use of bookable AV equipment is available upon request. To arrange for a training session, please contact:
In general, previews are recommended for video productions which cost $100 or more. Contact Jacquie Ticknor at local 5178 to request a preview.
If possible, please provide the following information:
- Your name and contact information
- Title and date of the video
- Distributor of the video, including contact information
- Date when you want to preview the title
Some distributors send preview copies which may be retained if they are to be purchased.