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Finding Books + Journal Articles

The easiest way to search the library collection is to use the Quick Search box on the library homepage. This search will include almost everything the library has access to: books and media in the library, journal articles in the databases the library subscribes to, and images.

Enter your search terms in the quick search box, or for more advanced search options click advanced search:

If you are searching for physical books and media in the library, look to the left for the option to "Limit to." Click the box that says "Catalogue only (Books & Media)."

If you are searching for academic sources from your results list page, look to the left for "Format". Click on Academic Journals. Your results list will be reduced to include only sources deemed to be academic in nature. If you are looking for online articles, and do not need academic sources, then click magazines.

Looking For A Book or Article We Don't Have?

If there is a book you would like that the library does not own, or an article you found that the library doesn't have access to, then there are a couple of options:

1. Request that the book or article be brought in to the Emily Carr University Library by filling out an interlibrary loan form. If you need the book immediately then generally it is quicker to visit the library that has the item yourself. Books coming from other libraries can take 2-3 weeks to arrive. Articles are faster and will be sent directly to your email address as fast as 2-3 days. 

2. Go to a library that has what you need. Take your Emily Carr student/staff/faculty card to the college/university library where the book is located to check out the item from there. If the item is at a public library you will need to obtain a public library card. For more information about borrowing from other libraries see the reciprocal borrowing page on the library website. 

3. Ask the library to buy the book you need. If you are in no rush to obtain a book we don't have then feel free to suggest that we purchase it. Send us an email with as much information as you can about the book to       604-844-3840        520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC