Learning Resource Center

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Learning Resource Center

Our Colleges have established a Learning Resource Center (LRC) for the purpose of creating a digital repository that provides students with the necessary resources to complete their course work while enabling student access to the scholarly resources required for research in their chosen fields of study.

VPC Library Mission Statement
The primary mission of the Vancouver Premier College Learning Resource Center/Library is to promote student success and equity by providing access to space and resources needed to complete studies and support the curriculum and information needs of the college community.  The College can benefit from the special importance placed on supplying print and online resources essential to meeting the requirements of research support, professional development, and higher learning objectives.

About the Learning Resource Center
The VPC Learning Resource Center has a growing collection of over 900 volumes of print and digital resources in a variety of disciplines, such as business, accounting, hospitality management, tourism, and learning English as a second language.  Our Library Catalogue is provided to students and faculty through TinyCat which is accessible on the college’s web site.  Only currently registered students may use the library.  After a student has graduated, the VPC Learning Resource Center may be used for consultation, but there are no borrowing privileges.

  • Everyone entering the Learning Resource Center must sign in and out.
  • No food and beverage can be brought into the Learning Resource Center.
  • Please keep your voices at a conversational level. Loud, noisy talk and yelling will not be tolerated. Please be respectful to your fellow students.
  • All students, staff and faculty have access to library materials and materials can be checked out for a 14 day period.
  • All circulating materials may be renewed. Two renewals are permitted – a maximum of 6 weeks total – if no one else has requested the material.

Any time you have an assignment that requires research – whether you are looking for a book on human resources management, how to improve your English skills, or articles on hospitality industry trends – your librarian can help!  We work with your professors to make sure you have access to the resources for your field or program, and we will work with you to help you learn how to use these resources effectively.

Associate Member of the BC Electronic Library Network (BC ELN)
Vancouver Premier College is an Associate Member of the BC Electronic Library Network (BC ELN).  The BC ELN is an award-winning consortium of 34 public and private post-secondary libraries in BC and the Yukon. BC ELN’s purpose is to develop and support system-wide mechanisms that allow post-secondary libraries to meet the expanding information needs of learners, educators, and researchers at the lowest possible cost. These mechanisms ensure learners in British Columbia have equitable access to resources and services that support their academic success.

What is EBSCO’s Hospitality & Tourism Complete Database?

Research and industry news focused on hospitality and tourism, including full-text access to hospitality industry publications.

An excellent “first stop” resource to use when looking for articles on topics related to the hospitality industry from a variety of sources, including scholarly journals and trade publications.

Subject areas covered include Baking & Culinary Arts, Business Travel, Event Management, Food & Beverage, Gaming & Casinos, Hospitality Law, Hotel Management, Leisure Studies, Market Trends, Meetings, Menu Planning, Restaurants, and more.

Sources are both domestic and international in range and scope, with materials collected from countries and regions such as US and Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia.

EBSCO mobile app tutorial or PowerPoint tutorial


VPC Library at the Richmond location


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Current students can also access EBSCO via their Canvas login. VPC Faculty and staff may contact the Learning Resource Center for login details.

Trouble logging into your library resources? Please contact your librarian via email at library@vpcollege.com


Question: How many books can I take out at once?
Answer: Students, staff, and faculty may take up to 5 items at a time.

Question: What is a library database?
Answer: According to Encyclopedia Britannica: database, also called electronic database, is a collection of data, or information, specially organized for rapid search and retrieval by a computer. For example, EBSCO’S HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM COMPLETE is a database. A library database is a searchable electronic index of published, reliable resources. Databases provide access to a wealth of useful research materials from academic journals, newspapers, and magazines. Some databases also include e-books, relevant Web resources, and various multimedia. The information found in databases is either originally created or comes from different, reliable sources. NOTE: Databases are not “Internet” sources.

Question: How long can I take out a book?
Answer: Students can take out a book for 14 days. Staff and faculty can take out a book for 30 days. You must register for a library account in order to check out materials. Borrower is responsible for replacement or cost of lost or missing items.

Question: Can Alumni access the library databases?
Answer: Remote access to the electronic resources is limited by licensing agreements to current students, faculty, and staff of Vancouver Premier College.
If you are a British Columbia resident you are eligible for remote access to many scholarly and popular databases and indexes available through the Vancouver Public Library, Richmond Public Library and Burnaby Public Library’s website.  Please go to your local library and register for a library card in your community.  All resources are FREE!
If you are not from British Columbia, contact the VPC Library to assist you with finding  the information you need.

Question: How can I pay for a book I lost?
Answer: If you lose a library item you have checked out, you are responsible for the replacement cost of that item. Please contact your librarian to find out the replacement cost. You can pay the replacement cost, in cash only, at the campus reception.

VPC Library does not charge fees for materials returned late. However, you must return all library materials before you can receive your diploma.

Question: How do I search for books?
Answer: Use the online Library Catalogue to search for print books, accessible via the Vancouver Premier College website.  You can search for a book by title, author, or type in keywords to describe the book you need. There’s an Advanced Search option to search for books by both author and title (and also a subject search option).

Got more questions? Feel free to contact our librarian Iwona at the Learning Resource Center. Email to library@vpcollege.com

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