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*Note: At this time, Interlibrary Loan services are currently unavailable*

If you are an NIC student or faculty member and you can’t find the book or article you are looking for at the NIC library, you can borrow items from other BC Libraries using our interlibrary loan service.

  • Interlibrary Loan request items MUST support your research or studies at NIC.

  • Students may request 10 Interlibrary Loans per course, per semester.

  • Articles usually arrive within 3-5 business days and are emailed directly to your NIC email account.

  • Books usually arrive within 10 business days and are available for pick-up at the NIC Library campus you ordered from.

  • Books have a 3-week loan period and are not eligible for renewal.

  • The late fee for Interlibrary Loan books is $1.00 per day. Students with more than $5.00 in library fines will be blocked from placing interlibrary loan requests.

  • Reference books, required textbooks and fiction books are not available through Interlibrary Loan.

Please note: If you'd like to borrow library materials from another NIC campus, click on "Place Hold" underneath the item title in the NIC Library Catalogue

If you'd like to request a book, you can search academic and public libraries across the province using Illume (formerly BC Outlook Online). To get started, select the link below that corresponds with your campus: 

Comox Valley Campbell River
Port Alberni Mixalakwila

Please note: This service is NOT compatible with Internet Explorer.

Once there, follow these steps to request an item:

  1. Search using the search bar at the top of the screen
  2. Click on the "Request this Item" button
  3. Fill out the ILL request form, ensuring that the correct pickup location displays
  4. Click submit

When your book arrives you will be notified by telephone or via your NIC e-mail address. Books can be picked up and returned at the circulation desk.


If you would like to request a magazine or journal article, you can place your request online by clicking on thelink in our article databases. From there, click on A form will open; fill out the required fields, and click submit. When your article arrives you will be notified via your NIC e-mail address.

For a list of available databases, visit A-Z Databases. If you cannot find the article you are looking for in the NIC databases, you can complete an Interlibrary Loan Request form

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