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Library for Online Students

This guide will help online and distance students understand and access library services. It is also a good help for on-campus students who need to access library resources from home.

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Use the databases listed below to search for quality sources of information:

For instructions on how to access these from off-campus, see the "Remote Access Instructions" tab above.

Scroll down or select "Tutorials" from the links on the left to watch videos which will help you use these databases.

Note: New student’s accounts may not be active on the first few days of classes. If new students need to access the databases from off campus before that time, they may contact the BPCC Library at 678-6042.

How to Access the Databases Remotely (Off-Campus)

  1. Open your browser and go to the BPCC Learning Commons website
  2. On the Library’s webpage, hover the cursor over “Databases” link (left side of page).
  3. Select your search method: Alpha by Title, by Subject, by Vendor.
  4. If you are logging in from off-campus, your User ID is LoLA User Name. Your PIN is you 6 digit birth date formatted mmddyy.   
  5. More information available at:

BPCC Library Online Catalog

Use the BPCC Library Online Catalog to search for items in the BPCC Library. A search box for the Online Catalog is available on the Learning Commons homepage. There is no need to login when searching the catalog. If you wish to view your Library account, click on My Account and login. Your user ID is your LoLA UserName Your PIN is your 6 digit birthday. The My Account feature allows you to view due dates on items you have checked out and to place holds on needed items.

Steps to Find, View & Print eBooks

  1. Open the Library’s Online Catalog.
  2. Click on the eBooks search to search for specific titles, subjects of all EBooks.
  3. In the full view of the record (click on the Details button), click on the link (URL) in the WEB field.
  4. When the window containing the eBook opens, click on the “e-Book Full Text” link.
  5. To Print a Page, view a page and then print it using the print button. You may also highlight a section to print.
  6. Only one person can view an eBook simultaneously.


Note: You cannot print the entire eBook due to copyright restrictions.


Steps to Find and View eBooks

  1. Use the "Search Library Resources" feature at the top of this page.
  2. Type the title, author, or topic you are searching for into the search box.
  3. Look on the left side of the page for "Material Type", then click on on Electronic Book.
  4. Use the link provided in the "Electronic Access" section of the record to access the e-book.


Viewing and printing options for e-books are set by the publishers and vary from book to book.

Not every book allows printing.


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