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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.

Can I Access Library Resources From Home?

BC has gone fully online due to COVID-19. However, you are still able to access many library resources during this time. This page will explain how you can use the library and get library help while doing school-work off campus.


Q: Is the physical library still open?
A: As of 5:30 p.m. on March 19, both the main campus and Delano campus libraries are closed. Please see the "Getting Help with Research" box for the hours that library chat is open for you to talk with a librarian.

Q: I have a library book checked out right now. How can I return it?
A: As campus is closed, there is no way to return library books. We have extended all library book due dates to August 24, 2020. We will be in touch if anything changes.

Q: Can I access reserve textbooks?
A: Because campus has closed, there is no way for students to access physical copies of reserve textbooks at this time. However, several online textbook suppliers are now offering free access to textbooks for students through May 25. See the "Online Textbook" box on this page for more info.

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 Summer hours are: 

Monday- Thursday 7:00am to 6:00 pm

Friday 7:00 am to 2:00pm

Saturday 10:00am to 2:00 pm

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 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's online chat service will remain available for students to use off-campus. Summer hours for library chat are:

May 18-June 11: 8am-5pm, Monday-Thursday

June 15-July 23: 8am-7pm, Monday-Thursday

July 27-30: 8am-5pm, Monday-Thursday

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.