NEC Library

Our collection includes a variety of print and electronic materials with a focus on Indigenous content that helps our learners with their studies. The library is located at the top-right of the central stairs or Room 201.

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Hours of Operation

Open: Monday to Friday
Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Search our Online Catalogue.

Please note: not all material may be readily available at the library. Contact our Librarian for more details.

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Library - Introduction


How to Search NEC Library Materials:

How to Reserve NEC Library Material:

How to Search for Free Indigenous Online Resources & Academic Journals:


Library Resources

Using Library Resources
  • NEC students and staff can borrow from our library collection
  • Students must register with the librarian before borrowing any material
  • Materials can be borrowed for two-weeks
  • A one-week extension may be granted
  • A late fee of $1.00 is charged per day
  • A maximum of three items can be borrowed at one time
  • Reference material remain in the library at all times
  • All borrowed materials must be returned before Official Transcripts are released at the end of each term

Additional NEC Library Resources and Services
  • Computer Lab: Students can book, in advance, a computer in the computer lab or library
  • Learn Research Skills: The librarian can assist students one-on-one or in small groups
  • Printing: Printing fee is 10 cents per page
  • Course textbooks: Students can use a course textbook in the library

Additional Online Resources
Free Indigenous Resources & Academic Journals:

UBC, First Nations & Indigenous Studies: - Academic Journals

University of Saskatchewan, Indigenous Studies Portal Research Tool

Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing

International Journal of Indigenous Health

Journal of Indigenous Research

International Indigenous Policy Journal

E-Journals Relating to Indigenous Studies

The Canadian Journal of Native Studies

Indigenous Policy Journal

Global Indigenous Nations Studies - The University of Kansas

Native Social Work Journal

Indigenous Law Journal

American American Indian and Alaska Native Health

International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies

American Indian Law Review

Decolonization - Indigeneity, Education, & Society

The Canadian Journal of Native Studies

First People’s Child & Family Review

BC Historical Newspapers

Native Health Database

First Nations Information Connection

British Columbia Treaty Commission

National Aboriginal Document Database

CBC Digital Achieves – Residential Schools

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Residential Schools Resources – Aboriginal Healing Foundation

Indigenous Land Maps

Free Online Digital Books:

Internet Archive - Books to borrow

Note: When you go to the website, you will need to sign up in order to borrow a digital book (you only need your email address to register). You can borrow up to 10 books at a time for a total of 14 days. Here is a list of a few of the Indigenous authors available: Thomas King, Eden Robinson, Richard Wagamese, & Rupert Ross.

Free Writing Resources:

MLA Writing Style

APA Writing Style

Online Citations

APA Citation Guide

MLA Citation Guide

Learning About Comics & Graphic Novels:

How To Read A Comic Book

The Mechanics of Comics

Appreciating the Story Behind the Art

Exploring Indigenous Languages:

First Voices

Learn Ojibwe - Sault College

Indigenous Languages

Language Documentation and Conservation

Free Math Websites:

School Yourself


Khan Academy

PhET Interactive Simulations

The Art of Problem Solving

Cliff Notes

Vancouver Community College Library - Accessing Online Resources

All NEC students are eligible to access VCC's online academic resources and journals. To do this, NEC students need to go to VCC and head to the Registrar's Office, where a VCC ID number and card will be issued. NEC students will need to bring their NEC student ID card to obtain the VCC ID card - which will allow NEC students to borrow all VCC Library materials. 
To access VCC's online academic resources and journals, students need to go to the VCC Library website VCC's online resources are restricted to VCC students and staff only. When accessing the online resources, NEC students will be asked to provide their VCC ID number and their password to read the articles or journals. A student's ID number and password will be their date of birth: MMDDYY (example: January 18, 1975. Your password is 011875). 

University of British Columbia

UBC offers a free library card for any Aboriginal person living in Canada (First Nations, Metis, or Inuit). To receive a UBC library card, students can go to the circulation desks of Walter C. Koerner Library at UBC and present one piece of government-issued ID (eg. BC driver's licence, provincial ID, or passport) and proof of permanent residence in Canada (eg. bank statement, utility bill, or automobile registration). The maximum number of items on loan at a time per student is 50. 

For more information, visit the UBC library website site and click on Aboriginal Community.

National Film Board – Free Access for Students at NEC

All NEC students have on-campus access to watch all films from the National Film Board. To do this, students can go onto any NEC computer designated for student use, click on the following link:, and begin watching. 


For more information, please contact:

Boyd Reynolds, MA
Librarian / Bookstore Coordinator
Student Services
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 311