The Library will be re-opening physical spaces as of August 23, 2021. In the meantime, alternative services continue
Updated information is available via the Library's website.
Langara Library is at the heart of a vibrant, engaging and exciting educational experience. Fully integrated with teaching, learning, and research at Langara College, the progressive academic library is an essential contributor to academic excellence.
The Library is your link to information resources including books, journals, magazines, newspapers, databases, and media materials. Our collection supports the research needs of Langara College students and the college community in general. The building provides individual, silent, and group study options, as well as computers, wireless access, computer labs, and printing facilities. Contact Library Services for help with research, available in person, or by text messaging, chat, email or phone.
Strategic Plan 2013-2020
The Library’s mission is “To be a vital partner in academic excellence and student success – a hub for the intellectual, cultural, and social life of the Langara community.”
The Library’s latest strategic plan addresses five main themes:
- Learning and life competencies: sharing unique expertise
- Content & resources: curated, seamless, dynamic
- Interactive spaces: innovative environments for learners
- Community connections: meaningful relationships
- The team: organizational effectiveness
Every department on campus has their own Subject Librarian, your personal gateway to collaborative opportunities at the Library. Contact your Subject Librarian for one-on-one help with finding information and research related to your curriculum, or to simply learn more about what the Library can do for you and your students.
The library offers three online tutorials in Brightspace by D2L that teach students the basics of conducting research at a post-secondary level. Contact your Subject Librarian to have the following tutorials set up for your students:
- Avoiding Plagiarism
- Introduction to Research
- Can I Use This? Evaluating Your Sources
Whether you're planning a major research assignment or just want to be sure students are comfortable using library resources, contact your Subject Librarian to schedule an in-person class tailored to meet the specific needs of your students. These classes can be held in the Library’s teaching lab for hands-on learning, or in a regular classroom.
Subject Librarians can test drive your assignments with you to identify:
- existing library materials that support your assignment
- new materials to add to our collection
- strategies and resources (including Internet resources) to recommend to students
- library instruction for your students
A test drive can lead to the creation of an assignment guide (distributed in print and/or on the Web) to help students with the research component of your assignment.
This is a brief guide to help Langara instructors identify and handle the problem of plagiarism.
If you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your Subject Librarian or the library reference desk at 323-5388. If you suspect a student has engaged in plagiarism, contact Student Conduct and Judicial Affairs.
Library Collection and Borrowing Policies
Langara College Library builds and manages a collection to support teaching, learning, research, innovation and academic success at the College. The goal of collection management is to provide the best possible collection in a fiscally prudent manner.
The Library takes a pro-active, evidence-based approach to collection decisions and may add, change or cancel subscriptions in order to best fulfill its mandate. For the latest updates, see Collection Changes.
- Collection Development Guidelines
- Reading Lists & Course Reserves
- Loan Periods
- Renewals, Holds, Late Fees, and Replacement Charges
The Library is able to offer expert advice on incorporating print, digital and multimedia content into your courses. The Library will also work on your behalf to secure permission to use copyright protected works in your courses. Contact Langara's Copyright team for more details on copyright advisory services at the Library.
Aiming to serve at point of need, copyright resources and FAQs have been developed for Instructors, Students, and General College Use.
The Library features over 780 seats for individual study, a silent study room, seven bookable group study rooms, two presentation practice rooms, wireless internet, computer labs, and printing facilities.
The Learning Commons is on the first floor of the Library and features an expanded and enhanced work and study space, technology-enhanced tables to enable sharing of content on mobile devices such as laptops, a flexible tutoring space (Writing Centre and subject peer tutoring), and a streamlined library service point.
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