BCI Cards

The application form for the 2023-24 BCI Card is now open!


Faculty (including retired faculty) at Dawson College may be eligible to borrow items in person from other Canadian libraries by requesting a card from the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI).

When borrowing from university libraries, please take note of the following:

  • The borrower must identify themself to the lending library by means of a BCI card as well as provide appropriate personal identification (picture ID) for registration.
  • In requesting a BCI card, the borrower is acknowledging that they will respect the policies and procedures of the lending library, including returns and fines policies.
  • All fines, replacement costs and other fees are based upon the policies of the lending library. The borrower in arrears may re-establish their borrowing privileges once all fines and fees are paid to the lending library. Dawson College is not responsible for fines or fees incurred by faculty.
  • Borrowed material may be returned at the returns counter of the lending library or to the returns counter of the borrower’s home library.

Applying for a BCI Card Through Dawson College

At the beginning of the academic year, the Research Office sends out a call to all faculty to renew or apply for a BCI card. During this period, an online form is made available and must be completed by the deadline indicated.

Please note that the Research Office only processes BCI card requests once a year. If the BCI application deadline is missed, print materials from other institutions may be accessed by making an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) request from the Dawson Library. To access digital materials, a guest account (compte passant) may be requested directly from the lending institution.

It takes 6-8 weeks from the application deadline to receive the cards. Once the cards have arrived, the Research Office will send an email to notify the researcher when and where they can be picked up. The cards are valid from October 1st to September 30th.


Last Modified: September 13, 2023