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Student ID Cards

Your Olds College ID card is your official identification card as a student. You will utilize your ID to access library & technology loan resources and meal plans throughout your time at Olds College.

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Library Search

Olds College library is a member of the NEOS consortium of libraries which is a group of Alberta libraries that have agreed to share their library materials. Materials located in these other libraries can be brought into the Olds College library free of charge for patrons use. Read more about your borrowing privileges in the FAQ's below.

Search for books, ebooks, articles, reference material and other media.

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Search all resources (article databases, books, EBooks, etc.)

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Interlibrary Loan Request

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Search Tips:

  • Search All: box searches all NEOS libraries and includes all books, databases, eBooks and other materials. Some of the items found this way are not directly accessible to Olds College patrons and must be acquired through an interlibrary loan.

  • Find Books: searches for books, ebooks, and journals. You can choose to search only in the Olds College collection or search all the libraries of NEOS. You also have the option to search by title, author, subject, series title and journal title.

  • To narrow your results use our Advanced Search.

Online Resources

Library Guides for Program Resources

Program Resource Guides

Looking for research cheat sheets for your program? Learn More



Find trade journals that contain full text articles and can be read online. Learn More



A selection of subject specific databases through Library Guides which contain full text articles from journals, trade magazines and newspapers. Learn More

Statistical Sources

Statistical Sources

Find links to websites that will provide you with statistics for various subjects. Learn More

Reference Materials

Reference Material

This section contains various links to reference materials arranged by subject. Learn More

Job Search Tools

Job Search Tools

View sites to help with career planning. Learn More

Internet Resources

Internet Resources

Websites by subject

Websites alphabetically



Films on Demand - a state of the art streaming video platform of outstanding educational video content.

Plant Management Network - science based agricultural resources, videos and articles.

News Database

Newspaper Database - Searchable

Canadian Newsstand

Canadian News

Canadian News Aggregate

city news

Individual Newspapers and Sites

Calgary Herald
Calgary Sun
CBC News
CNN News
Edmonton Journal
Globe and Mail
National Post
Red Deer Advocate

Local Newspapers

Local Newspapers

Innisfail Province
Mountain View Gazette
Olds Albertan
Sundre Roundup

Alberta Heritage Project

The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project

Alberta Newspaper Collection

Copyright Information


Copyright protects a work from the moment that work is recorded in durable form. Learn More



Borrowing Devices

The Learning Commons has a number of laptops and iPads that can be borrowed on a first come, first served basis. To borrow a laptop or iPad, bring your student ID card and ask at the front counter in the Learning Commons.


  • The loan period for a laptop is one week.
  • A power cord and mouse can also be borrowed for one week.
  • A $1.00 per day per item fine is applied for late returns.
  • Laptops cannot be renewed online or by phone, and will not be renewed upon return (you must wait 24 hrs).


  • The loan period for an iPad is two weeks.
  • A $1.00 per day is applied for late returns.
  • iPads cannot be renewed online or by phone, and will not be renewed upon return (you must wait 24 hrs).

Borrowers are responsible for repairs and/or replacement costs resulting from theft, damage, negligence or misuse.

Home Delivery Service 

Olds College distance students can search our catalogue and request books be sent out to them. Students must be currently enrolled in an Olds College credit course through Distance Education and a resident of Canada. In addition students must reside fifty (50) kilometres or more away from Olds, Alberta. Students who are attending classes on campus are not eligible to use these library services. Read more about our home delivery service in the FAQ's below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find my NEOS bar code?

Your NEOS barcode is found on your student ID. 

Olds College Student ID

How do I set up or reset my NEOS password?

At the beginning of term you will receive an automated email from the Library (check your Olds College email account!). This email contains your PIN number. If you can't find the email or forget your PIN you can have one automatically sent to your email from NEOS, just fill out the online form.

Can I renew my books online?

Using your NEOS account, you can renew your books online. However, if your books are already overdue, renewing books online will not work.

Log in to your NEOS account. Enter the 13 digit barcode number which appears on your student ID card.

Enter your 4 digit PIN that was emailed to your Olds College gmail account at the beginning of the school year. If you don't know what your PIN is, you can click on the "What is my pin?" link and follow the steps.

Once you successfully login you can see a list of all items you currently have checked out, their due date, and an option to renew them.

Can I request a book or put a hold on a book online?
  • You can place holds on books currently signed out, or request books from other NEOS libraries.
  • Search for and find the item your want to place a hold on
  • In the item record screen choose “Place Hold”.

Request a book online

  • You will then be prompted to enter your 13 digit ID number from your student ID card and PIN number.
  • The system will also ask you to select from the drop down list, the Library where you want to pick up the item. Select the library that you would like to pick up the item from. .
  • A confirmation will appear and you will be contacted by email when the item arrives.
What are my borrowing privileges as an Olds College student?

Olds College Students

  • Registered Olds College students may borrow an unlimited number of items from the Olds College library for at two week period.
  • Your student ID card is your library card. You MUST have your id card with you to borrow items from the Library.
  • Four renewals are permitted on books from Olds College, unless there are holds on the items.
  • Exceptions are “reserve” items which have specific and varying loan periods.
  • Fines are charged on all items borrowed from the Library
  • Students that are registered with the Olds College Library, may use their student I.D. cards at any NEOS library to borrow items.
  • Use the NEOS online catalogue to request items from any NEOS library be sent to Olds College. You can renew your items online too.
  • NEOS items may be borrowed for a two week period and renewed twice.
  • Overdue fines will apply for any items which are kept past the due date.
  • Ask Library staff for a TAL card. You can use this card to borrow materials at the local public library as well as any library which is a member of the TAL Member Libraries.
What are my borrowing privileges as a community patron?
  • If you are a member of your local public library, you can request a free TAL card from that library and use it to borrow from Olds College Library.
  • Members of the community are welcome to borrow up to ten books for a two week period with two library renewals.
  • Registered patrons from NEOS Libraries outside of Olds may borrow from the Olds College Library either through the online catalogue or by presenting their NEOS card at the circulation desk. Borrowing policies are governed by the patron’s home library.
What is the home delivery service?

Olds College Distance Students

  • 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.


  • Students must be currently enrolled in an Olds College credit course through Distance Education and a resident of Canada. In addition students must reside fifty (50) kilometres or more away from Olds, Alberta.
  • 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 email 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 one 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 may have a maximum of five 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 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.