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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

What the Library Can Do for You

We offer essential support to the healthcare team across all centres by:

  • Assisting healthcare providers find and evaluate information
  • Providing literature searches and expert search consultation for clinical queries and research initiatives
  • Setting up AutoAlerts (emailed notifications of newly published journal articles on a specific topic)
  • Offering one-on-one, group, or site-wide orientations and training
  • Providing timely access to relevant resources, including document delivery and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)  (see Borrowing)
  • Helping users keep current in their specialty areas
  • Assisting with education events and courses
  • Creating web content for patients and the public and helping them find valid information

Let us help you!  Contact the library today.

Orientations & Training

Have you found yourself thinking...

  • How can I find relevant research publications faster?
  • How can I search for a specific journal?
  • There are so many databases, which one should I search?
  • Is there a way to save these articles so that I can quickly cite them in my paper later?
  • I am working remotely and I am not sure how to search this database.
  • I'm considering a research project, can the Library help me get started?

If so, schedule an orientation or training session with a Librarian at your site! 

BC Cancer Librarians provide orientations for groups, in-person or virtually via Zoom or Skype video conference. This includes the New Employee Orientation (NEO), Nursing Orientation, Medical Oncology Orientation, Volunteers Orientation, and more.

We also have one-on-one orientations, which can often include the setting up of personalized services for staff, as we discuss your role within BC Cancer. Training sessions on specific Library resources and tools can be scheduled on a one-on-one basis, or in small groups.

New and returning BC Cancer staff, fellows, and grad students are encouraged to contact their local librarian for an orientation to library services. 

Regional Library Branches

Below are printable handouts for contacts and services at the BC Cancer Library branches (on network only).



 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.