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What if the Library doesn't have the book I'm looking for?

Concordia Library will not always have every book that you are looking for.

When you are looking for a book, always search for the title in the Library Catalogue to confirm whether or not Concordia Library has it.

There are two ways for you, as a Concordia student, to access a book that Concordia does not own:

  1. BCI Card

    Use the BCI Card to visit another library in Montreal, like McGill, UdeM, or UQAM, and borrow the book in person. The BCI card allows undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff from Concordia to borrow books in person, from other libraries in the province, and in the rest of Canada.

    You can request a BCI card at the Loans/Circulation desk at Webster or Vanier Library by showing them your Concordia student ID. Learn more about the BCI card.

  2. Interlibrary Loans (COLOMBO)

    Another option is to request books we do not have at Concordia Library through a service called Interlibrary Loans (COLOMBO). When you search in COLOMBO, you are searching through the catalogues of other libraries. If you find the book, you can click on the button that says 'Get it!' and Concordia will borrow a print book from another library.

tip Tip: Using other library catalogues to locate a book

You can check Other Library Catalogues for libraries in Montreal and beyond to locate the books you are interested in.

tip Tip: You only need to make one request and borrowing is free!

When you're using Interlibrary Loans (COLOMBO) to search for and locate print books at other libraries, you only need to request the book once. The Library will search for an available copy of the book and borrow it for you. Please note that some book requests may take a while.

While Interlibrary Loans (COLOMBO) is a free service for students, there is a cost to the Library. Please keep this in mind when making requests and refrain from making multiple requests for the same item.

page last updated on: Friday 5 July 2019
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