Library

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I get a library card?
  2. Can I access library databases from home?
  3. I'm out of print credits. What do I do?
  4. How long can I borrow material for?
  5. The book I want is checked out or at another campus library. How do I get it?
  6. How do I renew my library materials?
  7. My instructor has placed items on reserve. What does this mean?
  8. How do I request an interlibrary loan for a book that isn't available at Selkirk College Library?
  9. Is there a map of the Library‌?
  10. How do I book AV Equipment (camera or iPad), or a DVD?

How do I get a library card?

Your Selkirk College student ID card is also your library card.

Student ID cards are available from the libraries at Castlegar, Tenth St. and Silver King campuses and from the Trail campus.

Students who have an ID card and who have a library account can access library services.

Can I access library databases from home?

Yes. Current students with a library account in good standing can access library databases from home.

Your username for remote access is your student number.

By default, your password is the last four digits of your student number.

It is strongly advised to change your password after the initial login.

Contact the Library for assistance.

I'm out of print credits. What do I do?

Students are provided 100 free pages of printing at the start of each new semester. When you run out of print credits, you can purchase more to add to your account in the Library at a cost of 10 cents per page. The Circulation Desk at the Castlegar, Silver King and/or Tenth St. Libraries can process the credits for you.  The main campus Library (Castlegar) only takes cash at this time for print credits.

How long can I borrow material for?

ItemLoan PeriodRenewalsOverdue Fines
Books 2 Weeks 3 0.00
DVDs & Videos 1 Week 0 0.25 per day
iPads 1-7 Days 0 A lot
Reserves 2 Hours - 3 Days 0 0.25 - 0.50 per hour
Serials 1 Week 0 0.10 per day
ILL 2 Weeks On Request 1.00 per day

The book I want is checked out or at another campus library. How do I get it?

Use the “Place Hold” feature in the library catalogue to request an item that is at another campus or checked out to another user.

How do I renew my library materials?

You can renew in person, by phone, or online by using the My Library Account link from the library catalogue webpage. 

My instructor has placed items on reserve. What does this mean?

Reserve material is especially selected by the instructor for use by students in a particular class. The material is located behind the Library's Circulation Desk and often has a shortened loan period (2 hours, overnight, 1 day, etc) so that everyone in the class can gain access. Reserves are available on a First Come, First Served basis.

You can search for a particular reserve using the library catalog under the Reserves link, or inquire at the Circulation Desk.

How do I request an interlibrary loan for a book that isn't available at Selkirk College Library?

If Selkirk College doesn’t have the item you need, whether it is a book , journal article, or video you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.  Use the Interlibrary Loans link to make a request, or speak to a library staff member. 

Note: Textbooks for courses cannot be interlibrary loaned

Is there a map of the Library‌?

Yes, a map of the Castlegar campus library is available here.

How do I book AV Equipment (camera or iPad), or a DVD?

Equipment, videos and DVDs can be booked in advance for a particular date. This includes the Library's own videos/DVDs as well as those available from other BC postsecondary libraries.

It is very important to request bookings as early as possible, especially in the case of videos/DVDs from other libraries.

Please visit our Bookings Information page to find out how to make your request.