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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.

Fall 2020 at the Library

The libraries on both the Panorama Campus and the Delano Campus remain closed for Fall 2020. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the physical library building open?
A: As of 5:30 p.m. on March 19, both the main campus and Delano campus libraries are closed. However, there are options for you to check out books or reserve textbooks, or for you to ask librarians for help online. See the question below for how to check out books, and  see the "Getting Help with Research" box for the hours that library chat is open for you to talk with a librarian.

Q: Can I check out books from the library?
A: Yes, but you aren’t allowed to enter the library building.  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.  Return all books using the book drop located in the turn-around loop between the Library and the Administration Building.  Book pick-up times are 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

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. 

Q: How do I return books that I have checked out?
A: 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.  You may also return books to the Delano Campus Library on Tuesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 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

The Hub's hours for Fall 2020 are:
Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm
Friday-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.


Getting Help With Research

The library has a chat service that you can use to chat with a librarian in real time. Fall 2020 chat hours are:

August 24-December 12
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.