With libraries reopening, cardholders have the ability to access and borrow materials from a variety of participating libraries across the province! The BC OneCard and Interlibrary Loan program are two easy ways to gain access to exclusive content and materials that might not be at your nearby library.
Access Materials Through the BC OneCard
Libraries across BC are participating in the BC OneCard program, which offers access to materials at other libraries across the region. If the library you’re visiting participates in the BC OneCard, you can obtain a free decal by showing them your valid library card along with identification with proof of your current address. Materials borrowed can be returned to that library or any other participating OneCard library in the province, including your own public library.
Each library determines which resources and services are available with your BC OneCard. If you wish to obtain full service, you may be able to pay a non-resident fee at that specific library. If you need more information, you can simply contact a specific library for more information about their services.
Utilize Illume for Interlibrary Loans
If you’re not able to find the item you want in your library’s catalogue, you can look for it elsewhere in BC by using Illume, a catalogue of BC libraries, including public, college, and institute libraries. If you find the item you want at another library, you can request to have it delivered to your home library for pick up.
Normally interlibrary loans take approximately 4-6 weeks to arrive. However, as libraries are still in the re-opening process, wait times may be longer. In the event that you are unable to find the book you are looking for, you can always contact your library directly for assistance.
If you are curious about either of these services, please review the information on your public library’s webpage. I have provided a link for many of the participating libraries below.
- Bowen Island Public Library
- Burnaby Public Library
- Coquitlam Public Library
- Gibsons & District Public Library
- Lillooet Area Library Association
- North Vancouver City Library
- Port Moody Public Library
- Richmond Public Library
- Squamish Public Library
- Surrey Libraries
As libraries re-open, this list will expand. Your friendly librarians can help you navigate your available options. All you need to do is reach out.