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Library Services for Olds College Distance Education and eCampus Alberta Students

On behalf of the Olds College Library, welcome to Distance Learning.  As a student of our college you have many services available through our library webpage. 

  • You can search our catalogue and request books be sent out to you.  Canadian students have access to not only the 45,000 plus items available in our own library, but also to the collections of all the libraries who are members of the NEOS library consortium, a group of academic, research, and government libraries in Alberta, increasing your collection to over 4 million items.  Should you request to borrow books from any of our libraries, please drop us an email letting us know what you have requested and confirm your mailing address.  We’ll make sure they are sent out to you via Priority Post.
  • On our homepage you can also use our One Stop Search to find books, but also to search our e-journals and the article databases for the latest information on your topic.  Here you have access to the full text of thousands of articles in your area of study.
  • To access the articles, you will be asked to confirm your status as a student by entering your thirteen digit library ID number and your password which is a 4-digit PIN (sent to you by email at the beginning of the school year). If this doesn't work; you will need to call us and ask us to look up/change your PIN.

You will note on our web pages we have a Live Chat service, which is your direct connection to a librarian should you have a question.  Or you can call us at 1-800-661-6537 and ask for the Library or 403-507-7777.

See our How-to Guides for help on how to use the library tools and resources.

Your library is open extended hours to serve you.

Home Delivery Service for Distance Learners


  • Students must be currently enrolled in an Olds College credit course through Distance Education or an Olds College e-Campus course and a resident of Canada. In addition students must reside fifty (50) kilometres or more away from Olds.
  • Students who are attending classes on campus are not eligible to use these library services.

General Policies

  • Students must provide the Olds College Library with their name, a current address, telephone number and e-mail address if they have one.
  • To use some of the online resources, students will need active computing IDs and passwords. These can vary according to the resource being accessed. Contact the Library for information.
  • At least 1 week must be allowed for delivery; holidays may add extra time.
  • Items should be requested as they are needed - pre-orders are not permitted. Requests should be prioritized: we reserve the right to limit the number of materials provided to individuals and the right to prioritize requests processed.
  • The Library will cover the costs of sending materials, by Expedited Post, to the student at the address provided. The student is, however, responsible for the costs of returning circulating materials by mail.
  • Students are welcome to visit the Olds College Library.

Delivery Policies

  • Students may have a maximum of five (5) items signed out at one time, excluding periodical articles. Photocopied periodical articles can be kept by the student.
  • Circulating materials are loaned for a guaranteed two (2) weeks and then can be recalled by another user. These materials can be renewed twice if they have not been recalled.
  • Circulating materials will be shipped by Expedited Post to the home address given.
  • The student is responsible for covering the costs of mailing the materials back to the Olds College Library using the mailing label provided.
  • Circulating materials are accompanied by a cover slip designating the due date.
  • If materials are returned close to the due date, the student should contact the Library to renew these items in order to avoid possible overdue charges.
  • Renewals: Call 1-403-507-7777 or send an e-mail to Materials may be renewed twice. The renewal period will be the same as the original loan period. Materials requested by other users, or needed for reserve, will not be renewed.
  • Borrowers are responsible for all loaned materials. Olds College does not charge fines for overdue items, however other libraries do. These fines will be passed along to students. Replacement and processing costs will be charged if a book is not returned six (6) weeks after the due date. Transcripts will be held until all items are returned and all fines are paid.
  • If a student has overdue materials or outstanding charges, additional materials will not be sent.
  • Book loan services are not currently available outside of Canada.
  • Olds College Library is part of the NEOS Library Consortium, a collection of 19 academic libraries in central and northern Alberta. As students of Olds College , Distance Education students have access to this Consortium catalogue  and collection.
Circulating Materials
  • Books
  • Government Documents
  • Agdex Articles
Non-Circulating Materials
  • Reference Books
  • Reserve Materials
  • Special Collections and Archives
  • Maps
  • Journals and periodicals (although photocopies of articles are available; see below)
  • Any material whose status is 'Non-circulating" in the Online Catalogue
Photocopying Policies

Photocopying services are provided strictly for non-commercial and educational purposes only. Copyright laws may limit items which can be sent.

  • Photocopies will be emailed or mailed out first class mail. Fax service is available for articles on a case-by-case basis; please specify if you prefer them faxed.
  • Photocopies of specific journal articles (not entire issues) will be provided.
  • The Library will cover the costs of photocopying to a maximum of $5.00 per term. The student will be expected to pay any photocopying charges beyond $5.00.
Reference Questions
  • Library staff will assist you in using the Library from a distance for your research. Call us at 403-556-4600 or email your request to
  • We will do online searches of our periodical databases; however we reserve the right to limit the number of requests. Distance students can also perform their own searches from home.
  • Our library book catalogue can be searched from home by logging into the web address at:
Accessing Article Databases Off Campus

When you access the Olds College article databases, e-books, or e-journals off campus you will be prompted to log in. This log in is different from the log in you use to access computers on campus.

College Student External Access to Databases and Journals

Username: This is your 13-digit barcode number located beside the picture on your student ID card.

Password: Your password is a 4-digit PIN (sent to you by email at the beginning of the school year).

High School Student External Access to Databases and Journals

Username: This is your 13-digit barcode number found on your student ID card. 

Password: Your password is a 4-digit PIN (you will need to set this number up with us).

Staff External Access to Databases and Journals

Username: This is your 13-digit barcode number found on your library card.

Password: Your password is a 4-digit PIN (usually your phone extension).


If you are still unable to log in, please contact the Learning Commons by phone 403-507-7777 or email:

How to Contact the Library

  • Each time you contact us please identify yourself as an Olds College Distance Education student. Provide your complete name, address, and email address. Also provide the course name in which you are enrolled.
  • Requests are processed on a first come first serve basis. Make your requests early. Allow time for delivery, depending on your location.

Technology Services/Learning Commons

Phone: (403) 507-7777
Email: or
Location: Located in the Learning Resources Centre