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Using the BC Library While Off-Campus: For BC Students

Learn what resources are available for you to use while doing research for online coursework.

Spring 2021 at the Library

The libraries on both the Panorama Campus and the Delano Campus remain closed for Spring 2021. Please use this page to see how you can access print books & reserve textbooks, ebooks and online articles, and how you can get research help from librarians.

Checking out Books

Both the main campus and Delano campus libraries are closed indoors to students. However, there are options for you to check out books or reserve textbooks. 

Main (Panorama) Campus
To check out books, please contact the library by phone at 661-395-4461, or by chat with a librarian and let them know what books you’d like to check out.  Our Circulation staff will work with you to arrange a pick-up day and time.  Pull to the curb in front of the library and call 661-395-4461 to let them know you’re there and the books will be delivered to you.  Have a photo ID with you, preferably your BC ID. 

General collection books can be checked out for 3 weeks, and Reserve books can be checked out for 2 days. Book pick-up times are 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Please return all library books by dropping them in the library book drop box. To find the book drop, enter the campus through the Haley entrance and drive all the way to the loop in front of the Administration building.  In the loop is a book return (on the driver's side) that you can put your books in. 

Delano Campus

Curbside pick-up of general collection and reserve books is also available at the Delano Campus library, and we will transit books between the two libraries. Follow the steps outlined above to arrange for pick-up, being sure to note that you would like to pick up in Delano.  Delano Library pick-up and drop-off is available Tuesdays from 10:00-a.m.-4:00 p.m


Online Class Help

These links and videos will help you understand how to use the technology you need in your online courses.

If you need further help with Canvas, ConferZoom, and the other tools your professors are using to move your classes online, the Renegade Hub is available to help you with all of your technology needs. 

Contact the Hub by emailing or by texting (661) 241-0659.

The Hub's hours for Spring 2021 are:
Monday-Thursday 7am-8pm
Friday 7am-2pm

Saturday 10am-4pm

If you do not have a laptop and/or reliable internet with which you can complete online coursework at home, you may apply to borrow a Chromebook and/or hotspot from Bakersfield College. Please find the application at the following link:

Finding Books & Articles

All of the library's online resources will remain available. This means that, even if you are off-campus, you will still be able to access any of our 170,000 ebooks, and any of the hundreds of thousands of articles in our many databases such as EBSCOhost.

To find links to all of our resources, go to the BC Library homepage. Use the OneSearch button to search for ebooks, and use the links in the A-Z Library Resources list to find articles. 

For help using these resources, see the guides linked below, as well as the videos at the bottom of this box.

Graphic showing the difference between the library the bookstore. To rent or buy books, contact the bookstore. To check out a reserve textbook for free for 48 hours, contact the library.

Getting Help With Research

The library has a chat service that you can use to chat with a librarian in real time. Spring 2021 chat hours are:

January 19-May 14
Mondays-Thursdays, 8am-8pm

Fridays, 8am-12pm

Saturdays, 11am-3pm

To chat with a librarian, click on the Ask Us button you will see on the right hand side of the screen when you go the BC Library homepage. Type in your name and contact info, then hit "Start chat" to begin talking with a librarian.


If you need help during a time when the library is closed, check out the LibGuides tab on the left sidebar on the library website. These are research guides that can help you with your class research, or teach you research skills. See if your class has a LibGuide for its research assignment, or click on the link below to find the library's research skills guides.