Dorset College Library provides various print and online resources, among them: reference materials (encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, etc.), books (textbooks, fiction, non-fiction), periodicals or serials (magazines), free access online resources. The library collection includes materials on the following subjects:
Dorset College Library is open to all Dorset students and instructors. Currently the library is expanding its core collection to include a wide range of publications.
Our ambition is the continuous improvement and development of our facilities and services in order to meet the various information needs of the library users.
For students and instructors, the library and librarian constitute an academic resource for qualified information seeking. The library is meant to be utilized for research and study.
Our mission is to enrich the educational experience of Dorset College students by providing access to information relevant to the academic programs offered by the college along with a quiet study space.
Dorset College Library provides its patrons with a quiet space and environment for study and research. Students can use library computers for their research or bring their own laptops as there is wireless access in the library. College Librarian is available to assist students with their research and finding library resources. The 30-45 minute sessions offered by the library are designed to introduce students to the academic library:
What is the Online Catalog and how do you use it?
The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) is the chief tool for finding resources in the library. A catalog can be searched by a keyword, author, title, and subject. All books in the library are cataloged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. To learn more about the Library of Congress please visit Library of Congress official website. Most academic libraries in North America use the LCC system.
When you find the book you are looking for in the catalog, write down its Call Number (E.g. HD30.22 .B38 2005), and its location e.g. General Stacks or Reference.
What is a call number?
A call number tells you where the book is located on the library shelves. Each book, periodical, journal, etc., has its own unique call number which is attached to the book's spine or bottom left hand corner of the cover. A book call number also appears in the catalogue entry in the library OPAC.
Reading Call Numbers
The Library of Congress arranges materials by subject, or 'class'. The first section of the call number represents the subject of the book. The second section often represents the author's name, and the last section is the date of publication:
Print Materials and General Copyright Guidelines
Access Copyright is the governing body in Canada that monitors copyright compliance. Academic institutions are required to sign an agreement with Access Copyright and pay an annual fee that authorizes much of the photocopying which is required by students, faculty and staff and permits limited copying for personal use and for teaching and research purposes. Dorset College currently holds an Access Copyright license.
All members of the Dorset College community are responsible for informing themselves about the parameters of both Canada's Copyright Act and Dorset’s Access Copyright agreement, and for ensuring that any copying they do in connection with their Dorset activities complies with these guidelines. Click here for the Print and Digital Copying Guidelines. The Guidelines are posted above and/or adjacent to every photocopier.
Copyright, including implied copyright, is held by the creator of a work, unless and until the creator signs the copyright over to another individual or body. In the case of published works, copyright is usually held by the publisher. No other individual may copy protected works without permission from the copyright holder, regardless of the use for which the copies are intended, except within the limitations permitted by the Access Copyright agreement.
Visit the Access Copyright website for a complete listing of guidelines.
In-library use of library materials is welcomed at all times. Reference materials including dictionaries and encyclopedias are for in-library use only. To borrow an item from the library a student or instructor should always have it checked out at the librarian’s desk. All Dorset students must present their valid Dorset Student ID card. Before graduating from Dorset programs students must have their Library Clearance Form signed by the librarian and present the form to the Registrar. Students will not get their program credentials until they return all due library items and have the form signed.
The loan period should not exceed 3 weeks, after that the loan can be extended by 3 more weeks if the item was not put on hold by other student. A book can be borrowed for the period of a semester if there are enough copies available in the library. No more than 3 textbooks at a time could be borrowed by a person for the same period. Instructors can borrow library materials for the period of 1 semester.
Late fees ($1/day to a maximum of $10 per item) are charged on an overdue library material for every day that the item is overdue. Failure to return an overdue item and/or unpaid fines of $10 maximum will result in the deduction of the fine and the actual cost of the book from the student’s account balance for that semester. The student will not be allowed to register for the courses for the following semester until this fee remains outstanding. For more information see the Library User Manual available in the library.
Code of Conduct in the Library
In order to maintain a quiet, respectful environment, the students are asked
to speak on their cell phones outside the Library.
No food or drink is allowed in the Library.
Dorset College Library
317-1215 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The library is closed on holidays
and during semester breaks.