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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

How To Get Off-Site Access

To access library databases, eBooks and eJournals from off-site, you need the off-site database access handout for instructions on how you can access electronic resources from outside our network.

Staff must be on a BC Health Authority computer, or logged in via remote desktop in order to view the off-site database access handout. If you are not able to access the Offsite Access page, please contact the library. Please note that not everything is accessible off site. 

IMPORTANT: Due to license agreements, it is not permitted to share the offsite access page outside BC Cancer. Please respect this.

What Is Off-Site Access?

​BC Cancer Library buys licenses to many electronic resources. Most can be used "on-site" at BC Cancer facilities with no username, password, or log in required. Some may also be available "off-site" - at home, on personal computers, or in other facilities - by using a username and password to connect to the BC Cancer resource, or if you are logged in via Remote Desktop (ex. Citrix and RDP).

Some types of electronic resources:

LIMITATIONS: Some publishers do not allow any off-site access. Many books and resources are not available online. Some resources permit only one user at a time.


Problems? It could be your browser

Many websites no longer support older versions of the Internet Explorer (IE) browser (v8 and older). BC Cancer / PHSA IMITS computers often have an old version of IE for supporting CAIS or other apps. Common problems in IE are a blank page or box, or searching Full Text Finder and getting no results.  If you experience difficulty using any of these resources, try using the Google Chrome browser. If you need to install Chrome on your workstation, contact IMITS.

TIP: Open our Staff Guide in Chrome, then any link you click will also open Chrome, too. Save our Staff Guide as a bookmark.

Staff Networks

​BCCRC and GSC network users are not usually able to get automatic access to all the BC Cancer Library e-journals unless they use the off-site login information. This is because BCCRC/GSC users may be automatically directed to UBC Library subscriptions.

For more help in accessing resources off-site, contact your BC Cancer Librarian!

 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.