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Resources for Faculty

As a member of North Island College's faculty, you have access to a number of services and resources through the NIC Library. Contact the library at the campus nearest you for more information.


Quick links

Library Card | My Account | Loans, Limits & Fines | Copyright in the Classroom | Booking Videos | Reserves | Orientation | Assignments

Library Card

Your Employee Photo ID card serves as your library card. Student Services will provide you with your Employee Photo ID card. Please present this card to sign out materials.

My Account

Log in to My Account to find out when your books are due, to renew materials or check your fines.

Loans, Limits, & Fines

How many books can I take out? How long can I keep them? Check the Loans, Limits & Fines chart for answers.

Copyright in the Classroom

For information on how to ensure you are complying with Copyright laws pertaining to print or audiovisual materials, please see our guide on Copyright in the Classroom.

Booking NIC Videos

  1. Search the catalogue for the title you want, and click on the title of the video to open the full record
  2. Select the "Faculty Video Bookings" button at the top of the page
  3. Select "Book this video"
  4. The call number and item ID number will already be filled in on the form. Fill in the remaining information needed such as show date, pickup destination, telephone number and your employee ID number
  5. Your video/DVDs can be picked up at the designated campus the day of your show date.

Borrowing Videos and DVDs through Interlibrary Loan

Videos and DVDs can be borrowed from other BC post secondary libraries. Outlook Online lists the video/dvd holdings in the BC post-secondary library system. There are no renewals for videos, as the video may be booked for another borrower. For optimum availability, book early (at least one month in advance). Advertising off-campus, invitation to the general public and entry fees are not permitted.

  1. Search the Outlook Online external link catalogue
  2. Limit your search by selecting "ELN med cat" in the Search Targets dropdown.
  3. From the result list, open the record of the video/dvd by clicking on the title.
  4. Fill out a Video Request Form, either online or hardcopy external link. In addition to the video/DVD title, call number, name of lending institution, a show date must be supplied. In the event that the video/dvd is unavailable for your show date, please provide an alternate show date if applicable.

Reserve Collection

Library owned books and instructor copies may be placed on Library Reserve for students. Reserve loan periods, determined by the instructor are 1 day, 2 day, 3 day, 1 week or In-library use.

For copies of student essays, a signed Permission to Copy Unpublished and/or Student Work form is required. Please contact the library.

To place an item on Reserve, submit the material together with a completed Reserve form. Please allow 2 weeks for processing.


The library is happy to accommodate class orientations; usually these are held in one of the College's computer labs or in the library. If you have a large class, we can accommodate orientations by holding them in the classroom. Contact your campus library to arrange dates and times.

For instructors teaching ITV courses, orientations to the library's online and distance services are available. Contact your campus library for further details.

General Orientations

Students are shown the physical library space and informed about the many library services available to them. Topics covered include:

  • The physical space: study space, computers, printing, photocopying;
  • How the Collection is stored, such as reference, reserve, main stacks, and DVDs;
  • How to find books, DVDs, journals and magazines;
  • How to place requests for books from other campuses, and place holds on books which are currently checked out;
  • How to order interlibrary loans, and
  • An introduction to databases.

Database Research

This provides students with a more detailed look at the databases and instruction on database features. This session is intended to help students with a particular assignment or research topic. Faculty are welcome to participate. Contact your campus library to arrange dates and times. Topics covered may include:

  • How to choose the best database for an assignment,
  • How to search and limit your topic,
  • How to retrieve Scholarly and Peer-reviewed Articles,
  • How to set up and manage an Ebsco Account, and
  • How to print, email, save and export citations.

Library Assignments

Librarians are available to collaborate on the design of library assignments to fit your student's needs, introduce resources for particular subject areas, and familiarize students to the library and its resources. Please contact


Need help?

Contact your nearest campus library for help.

Campbell River:

Comox Valley:

Port Alberni:

Mount Waddington Regional:
250-949-7912 Ext 2844


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