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BC Cancer Library COVID-19 Update
Alert: All BC Cancer Library sites and Cancer Information Centres are closed to the public until further notice. We continue to support patients and staff, providing reference, research, document delivery and more from a virtual platform. The library is still monitoring our email and phones during our regular Monday-Friday hours of operation and can still help you.

Staff Guide

General Borrowing Information

BC Cancer staff and residents of BC and the Yukon are able to register for a library card and can request eBook access by contacting the library. 

NOTE: Most of these eBooks only allow ONE user at a time. If you try to access a book and get a busy signal (a message saying all licenses are in use), try the link again later.

Search the Catalogue

Search our catalogue for books, videos, ebooks, and audio materials.

Information on borrowing can be found on our General Borrowing Policies.

To request materials or arrange for delivery or pick up of library resources, interlibrary loans, and document deliveries, contact the library:

requests@bccancer.bc.ca

Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Can't find what you want in our collections?  Request books, media and full text articles from other institutions via our document delivery and interlibrary loan service (ILL). 

  • Types of materials that are available include books, book chapters, journal and newspaper articles, thesis, government documents, and more.
  • Please note that complete journal volumes/issues, reference materials, or access to eBooks from other libraries are NOT available for request.

How long does it take? ILL of physical materials can take at least 7 business days, and document delivery of articles can take up to 2 business days. Delivery times depend on the availability at the other libraries and sometimes wait times can be longer. 

Materials Pick up & Delivery

Curb-Side Delivery Services 

Due to Covid-19, the Vancouver library and all Cancer information Centres (CICs) are closed to both staff and the public. All other BC Cancer libraries remain open to staff, but closed to the public.

To provide continued access to our physical collections, we are offering curb-side pick-up at all locations except for Prince George and Surrey. Patients can arrange to pick up books and other physical materials outside of each participating library location. 

Free Mail Delivery

Staff and members of the public can request free mail delivery of physical items. Free mail return labels are also included.

Interoffice Mail Delivery

Staff can request the delivery of physical resources via interoffice mail delivery. 

New Staff Books

Suggest a Title

We welcome recommendations to our collections as they relate to cancer care, research, and support. Email the library and be sure to include the following information:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Publisher
  • Date of publication

Including a web URL link to where the library can find more information (publisher website, Amazon.ca, Chapters.ca, etc) is very helpful. Please note that we cannot guarantee that your recommendation will be purchased.

Check out our full A-Z list of new Staff & Clinician book and eBook arrivals for FY2020-2021!



 The BC Cancer library system consists of one central library at Vancouver Centre (VC), and branches in Abbotsford (AC), Kelowna (SAHCSI), Prince George (CN), Surrey (FVC), and Victoria (VIC). All centres have a collection of patient resources in a Cancer Information Centre (CIC), and most centres have a professional collection on site. Professional resources purchased for the CN are housed in the adjacent UHNBC Library.