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How to find and access Health Sciences articles and other information resources after leaving BCIT

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This guide is to assist alumni and retirees to find free and Open Access scholarly resources (Journals and Databases).

Due to licensing agreements, you will no longer have remote access to the library's subscribed e-resources.

The BCIT Library is open to the public. This means that in addition to the resources provided in this guide, you can come in and use any of our Health Sciences e-resources in person.   

Please visit the BCIT Library when you are on campus. The Library hours and locations are online.

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BCIT Library services

The BCIT Libraries encourage BCIT alumni and retirees to make use of the libraries during their visits to campus. Library hours and locations are available online.

  • BCIT graduates are eligible for the BCIT Alumni Perks app. App users are entitled to one year of free library borrowing privileges for circulating materials.
  • Privileges do not include off campus access to electronic resources, legally binding license agreements prevent us from offering complete access to our online library. Many e-resources may be accessed on site in the BCIT Libraries.  See alumni and retirees Library services for details.
  • Privileges do not include Interlibrary borrowing. Your public library may offer an Interlibrary loan service.
  • Your local public library is a great source for information, resources, and research assistance. Please contact your local public library to find out about borrowing and interlibrary loan privileges, and other services available to community members..

Reference and information staff can:

  • assist alumni and retirees in using First Search and/or the online library catalogue.
  • answer questions about locations of library materials.
  • make referrals to appropriate library collections and services at BCIT.
  • provide brief research assistance.

Some limitations apply:

  • Reference services primary purpose is to support BCIT's teaching, research, and scholarly activities; times of available service vary from library to library.
  • Current BCIT faculty, students and staff have priority access to physical, electronic, and staff resources.
  • Alumni and retirees must abide by the Library policies.

The following resources are available at all times:

  • Research guides, created by BCIT librarians, recommend websites and resources for research in specific subject areas or on specific topics related to the programmes offered at BCIT.

Computer use

  • Priority for computer use is given to BCIT users.
  • 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.

Wireless access

For information on wireless access, consult network connectivity for BCIT guests.

Self-service scanning is available. The Burnaby Campus Library has two scanners on the main floor.