Your student card is your library card and you need to present your card to borrow materials. A semester validation sticker for your card can be obtained at the library. If you don’t already have a student card, you can get one from IT services.
Login to My Library Account from the Library website to see what you have checked out, renew books and videos, view holds and requests, check to see if you have any overdue materials and fines, etc.
The Library will notify students via the email on file.
Library notices would include:
- items you placed on hold that are ready for pickup
- courtesy reminder of materials that will be due in two days
- overdue materials or fines
- reminder of the last day to return Library materials (i.e. last day of the semester)
|Books, CDs and Kits||3 weeks. 3 renewals|
|Videos and DVDs||7 days. Maximum of 5 checked out at one time|
|Reference Books , Current journals||Library use only.|
|Bound Journals||3 days. Maximum of 5 checked out at one time|
|Course Reserve Material||Loan periods are set by instructor and vary:
2 hours, 24 hours, 3 days and 1 week.
If what you want is signed out, you can place a hold on it and you will be notified as soon as the material is returned by the other borrower. Once you are notified, you have 24 hours to come in and pick up the item on hold. Items on reserve cannot be put on hold
When you’ve found something you want in the library catalogue, click on its title. Click on “Recall this item” near the top of the page. If the catalogue will not let you put an item on hold, contact the library and library staff can help.
- Books can be returned to the library or in the Book Return located in front of the main building on 447 Webb Place.
- Return all videos and DVDs to the library as they can be damaged by weather and falling books in the return bin.
- Book drops are cleared by 8:00 a.m. and overdue fees will be charged accordingly.
End of Semester Returns
If materials are not returned by the final day of the semester, the Library will issue a replacement bill in addition to any fines that may have accrued. Students will not be issued their grades or transcripts and will not be able to re-register at Douglas College until outstanding material has been returned or paid for.
|Books, CDs, DVDs, videos||50¢ per day per item to a max. of $15.00 per item.|
|Course Reserves||25¢ per hour per item to a max. of $15.00 per item.|
Sometimes bad things happen to good books! If material is lost or damaged, the Library will charge the patron a replacement fee. There are no exceptions to exempt any library user from this fee.
Books or DVDs will be charged the exact cost for replacing the item + a $10.00 administration fee.
For out-of-print titles, there is a flat fee of $25.00 for trade paperpacks and $55.00 for hardcover titles.
If you locate & purchase the same edition the item in the same condition or better than the lost item, you may bring that in to replace the one that was lost. Often books are available on sites like Amazon, ABH or Bookfinder for less than we would charge. Staff judgement on the condition of the lost item is final.
These fees may seem high but, in fact, they do not truly reflect the cost to the Library of purchasing another copy and processing it so that it can go on the Library shelves. Many valuable books are no longer in print. The Library would prefer to get all materials back, rather than try to replace them.
Professors often put course materials “on reserve.” Many of the books listed in your course bibliography will have been placed on reserve. These materials are located behind the circulation desk on the main floor and have a shorter borrowing time. This way, items in high demand can circulate to more students. Community users and visiting students cannot borrow reserve items.
You can use the reserve feature of our online catalogue to see what titles have been placed on reserve by a particular professor.
Books and periodical articles that are not available at our Library may be requested from other libraries.
Please submit an interlibrary loan request from the library’s home page.
See the full policy.
Telephone : 204-924-5602 – Walter Ritchie
Booth UC and CFOT students and employees may borrow materials from participating institutions listed below. Reciprocal borrowing privileges are not extended to guest or community users.. You must present a current Booth or CFOT student card when you use these libraries. Staff will not loan you items without a card.
Library patrons are held accountable for all materials borrowed at these partner libraries. It is the responsibility of the patrons to be familiar with and adhere to the lending policies of each library from which they borrow materials.
Any overdue fines and replacement costs for lost or damaged books will be charged to the patron by the lending library. Students owing fines at these partners will have their accounts frozen with the Registrar. Course registration and transcript will be delayed until all fines are paid.
Students from other institutions
The Fairbank Library extends free reciprocal borrowing privileges to students from other post-secondary libraries. An identification card from the patron’s institution, proof of current registration and current address are required to apply. Library privileges expire at the end of each semester and need to be renewed.
Reciprocal borrowing is allowed for all circulating items in the collection with the exception of audiovisual and reserve materials.. Reciprocal borrowers may borrow up to ten items at a time. Audiovisual. special collections and reference materials may be used in the Library only.
Reciprocal borrowers will be able to make use of most library services. However, they will not have access to interlibrary loans or off campus access to electronic resources.
A photocopier and printer are located close to the entrance to the library.
Copies and printouts are 10¢ per page. Double-sided copies count as 2 pages.
- Booth & CFOT students and staff — your student/faculty ID card is your copycard. These cards can be loaded with any amount by staff at the Circulation Desk.
- Guests – ask for a copy card at the Circulation Desk. We take cash or credit/debit card (min. $3.00)
Colour copies and printouts are available for a cost of 35¢ per page. Take your request to the circulation desk and staff will make the copies for you.
You need to set up a computer account in order to use the computers and access the Internet on campus. See IT Services to create or reset your login and password.
Three computers are located close to the circulation desk and three others can be found in at the end of certain book shelves. Microsoft Office 2003 is available at all workstations except those few reserved for library catalogue searching. If all computers are in use, there is a student computer lab in the basement of the main Booth UC building on Webb Place.
Wireless Internet access is available throughout the library. See the circulation desk for the network name and key. There is no wireless printing available at this time.
Faculty & students can reserve a carrel at the beginning of the fall or winter semester. There are a limited number so it is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Guidelines for Use
- Do not leave valuables (wallets, backpacks, computers) unattended in your carrel. The library is not responsible for theft or damage
- Clearly indicate as such all materials you do not want re-shelved
- Library policy is that all library books used for more than one day at carrels reserved by students must be checked out. Otherwise, student workers randomly checking the dates of books stored in carrels will re-shelve books which are not checked out.
- Reference books should not be stored at one’s desk, but be placed after use on library carts for re-shelving.
There is a study room available in the library for small groups (minimum of three people). Students may book the room up to two hours per day and twice a week. Bookings may be made up to one week in advance. If not not occupied within the first 15 minutes, the room will then be available for anyone to use or book.
With your student ID card, you can book a study room in person at the Circulation Desk or by phone @ 204-924-4858.
In consideration of other library users, patrons are strongly encouraged to leave the area before using their phones. While in the Library, patrons are asked to either set their cell phones to low volume or to non-audible signals.
Drinks in covered spill-proof containers and foods that won’t disturb others or leave a residue are acceptable in the carpeted areas of the library. Meals should be eaten in the cafe area. There is a microwave, napkins and a kettle for patron use. The coffee maker makes fresh brewed, filtered coffee one cup at a time. See the Circulation Desk to purchase coffee or compostible cups.
All lost and found items are immediately taken to the Circulation Desk..
You may get reference help from librarians in the following ways:
- In person: speak with a staff member at the Circulation Desk.
- Chat online with a librarian.
- Email reference: email your question or fill out the online form and you will be answered within 24 hours.
- Appointment with a librarian: use this formto book your one-on-one appointment with a librarian for up to 30 minutes.
- Phone reference: call (204) 924-4858