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Distance Students

Access for Students, Everywhere

Through innovative programs and distance education, NIC supports learning in all North Island communities, big and small. To assist NIC's distance students, the NIC libraries provide access to books, articles, resources and more.

Even if you're a student in a remote location, you have access to a wide range of services and library assistance. Follow the links below to information specific to your needs, and read the hints and tips that have been designed with your success in mind.

Distance Students

Library Card

Your Student Photo ID Card serves as your Library Card. Student Photo ID Cards are issued to you when you register through Student Services. Library privileges expire at the end of December for the fall term, at the end of June for the winter & spring terms, and at the end of August for the summer term. If you are unable to visit a NIC Campus, your student card will be mailed directly to you. If you have not received your card, contact Student Services at 1-250-334-5000.

My Account

Access your Library account to see when items are due, renew items and more.

Loans, Limits, & Fines

How many books can I take out? How long can I keep them? Check here for answers.


Is the book you need at another campus, or already taken out? Find out how to request a book.

Subject Guides

Find research assistance and resources specific to your area of study.

Research/Assignment Success

NIC has many electronic resources to make research at a distance easier. By using a combination of ebooks and fulltext journal articles, you will be able to find adequate resources for most research topics.


Search within the NIC catalogue for ebooks by:

  1. Select Power search (bottom left)
  2. Type in your search term(s)
  3. Select "electronic book" under item type

Articles & Databases

View the list of Articles & Databases and select the database that covers your topic area. To connect to the licensed databases from home, you will need to log in using your myNIC user ID and password.

Articles that are not available in fulltext may be borrowed from another institution by interlibrary loan. Follow the "Where can I get this?" link at the bottom of the page and fill out the interlibrary form.

Help with Research

Librarians are available to help with your research by phone, email or chat reference. They can:

  • Provide library and database orientations
  • Assist you in searching for information online (including the databases and the Internet)
  • Help you find articles and books.

Contact a librarian:

By email - Be sure to include your full name, your student ID number, your daytime phone number, and your question in the body of the email. Include as much detail about the information you require as possible.

By phone - Leave a voicemail message if necessary. Your call will be returned within 24 hours, excluding weekends. Be sure to leave your name, your daytime number, and your question.

  • In the Comox Valley: 250-334-5097
  • Elsewhere in BC, call toll free: 1-800-715-0914 ext. 5097

By AskAway - Chat online with librarians to find answers to your questions, even with the NIC Library is closed! Visit our Ask A Librarian page and type in your question to begin.

Need help?

Contact your nearest campus library for help.

Campbell River:

Comox Valley:

Port Alberni:

Mt Waddington:
250-949-7912 Ext 2844

All Communities:
(toll-free in BC)


To speak with a librarian, visit Ask A Librarian. You can also email your question to an NIC Librarian.