Guide to Services/FAQ

Important: Library staff continue to work from home. All library services and resources are operational. Contact the library for assistance at or by web rather than telephone. The library remains closed to visitors.

To view a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about library services, please click here.

For a short video overview of library services, click here.

Library services

SERVICES free for registrants

Literature searches 

Our librarians can save you time and their expertise ensures a thorough search. Ask for a list of articles on any clinical or research topic.
The librarian will search:

  • MEDLINE and other subject-specific databases
  • The library’s e-resources and book collection
  • The web and other resources (as appropriate)

Download articles from the search results or ask the library to obtain them for you.


Ebooks are available online through the library catalogue including online versions of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, DSM-5 and other key texts. Books are delivered and returned by Canada Post for free throughout the province. UBC books are available for loan at no cost. Books from other lending libraries are available and cost recovery charges may apply.

E-journals, Point of Care and Drug Tools and Databases

The online collection of over 6,000 full-text e-journals includes American Journal of Psychiatry, BMJ, The Lancet, Mayo Clinic Proceedings and numerous titles from the Clinics of North America series.

Point of Care and Drug Tools
AccessMedicine, BMJ Best Practice, ClinicalKey, DynaMed and CPS (formerly RxTx) offer current guidance on disease management.

CINAHL, Cochrane Systematic Reviews, MEDLINE and PsycINFO databases are available through the College website with links to full-text articles.

Apps and Audiovisual

Apps are available for many e-resources including AccessMedicine, BMJ Best Practice, ClinicalKey, DynaMed and Read by QxMD.
Online audiovisual—clinical and procedural videos available in AccessMedicine and ClinicalKey.

Keeping Current

Cites & Bytes
Stay current with this monthly newsletter of clinically relevant citations from the medical literature. Available to you through email, mail or the College website.

Monthly Updates
Contact the library to receive a monthly automated search on a clinical topic tailored to your specifications or receive current journal tables of contents.

Consulting and Training

Personalized training is available either online or on-site upon request. The library also offers a continuing professional development accredited workshop, FAST EVIDENCE, in partnership with the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.
Find upcoming CPD accredited workshops online or contact the library to arrange an individual training session.

Journal Articles

Download an unlimited number of articles from the library’s e-journal collection on the College website.
Library staff provide registrants with 200 free journal articles per calendar year. For articles not available through our local networks, interlibrary loan charges are on a cost recovery basis.

  • Charges up to $100 are refundable to registrants through the Doctors of BC CME Fund
  • Delivery by email, fax, mail or Medi-Tran courier

SERVICES with charges

Non-registrants $120/year
Service granted on approval of the director of library services. No access provided to electronic resources.

Retired registrants $100/year
Retired registrants have access to all library resources and services.

Call on Us!

We invite you to explore the library’s resources, online or on-site, and allow us to show you how we can make retrieving evidence-based medical information more manageable. Phone, email or visit us during business hours.

Strategic Priorities

Provide physicians in British Columbia high quality, reliable, and current clinical information to protect the public.

Service delivery

  • Document delivery
  • Literature searches
  • Teaching and outreach

Service transformation

  • Integrate the library’s services into physicians’ electronic practice

Outreach and promotion

  • Provide teaching opportunities for physicians to better navigate information resources

Organization capacity

  • Determine additional efficiencies and streamline processes