Library Services

LIBRARY SERVICES DURING COVID-19: click here for updates

Physical access to the Innovation Commons is restricted until further notice. Contact us through email, phone (867 668 8870), and Askaway (Ask a Librarian).

Library Services

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Databases and subject guides
Additional databases during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 situation, several publishers expanded access to databases with additional online journals, ebooks, and articles. Yukon University patrons can temporarily access the following resources:

  • JSTOR: additional 26 archive journals in the area of public health; 30,000 ebooks from various academic publishers
  • Academic Search Ultimate: 9,283 active full-text journals and magazines, on a variety of topics
  • Business Source Ultimate: 3,284 active full-text journals and magazines in the area of business and economics, with +27,000 videos from industry leaders
  • Ebook Academic Collection: multidisciplinary collection with thousands of e-books on a large selection of subjects; features many leading publishers and university presses.
  • Medline Complete: leading full-text database of biomedical and health journals
  • Ebook Central (College Complete): 46,000+ quality ebooks from leading publishers including unique titles from Wiley
  • desLibris: collection of books and documents from and about Canada, including scholarly and independent publishers, government sources, think tanks, and research agencies
  • SalemPress: a library of online reference materials, with hundreds of resources on all topics

Use the search tool above to explore Yukon University Library Resources, including content from these and more databases. You can also browse our databases in WorldCat Discovery.

Access is available until June 30, 2020.

Journal finder
Library accounts

By using your library account to borrow items from the library, borrowers agree to be responsible for those items, including replacement charges for lost or damaged items and overdue fines that may arise from returning or renewing the items after the due date.

Things to know about your library account:

Part- and full-time students from Yukon University (Ayamdigut Campus)

  • Students have access to a library account while enrolled at Yukon University.
  • All library accounts are created automatically, including accounts for community and distance students. Start and end dates applied to library accounts are determined by the dates indicated in the students’ Banner accounts (course start and end dates)

Yukon University students in community campuses/distance students

  • Yukon University students studying at community campuses or by distance can use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request service to obtain materials from the University Library.
  • Items will be sent to the address indicated in the ILL Request form and can be returned to the Whitehorse Ayamdigut Campus by mail or in person.
  • If returned by mail, items must arrive at the Library by the due date informed to the borrower. Overdue fines will accrue for items arriving past the due date.

Public patrons

Members of the public who are permanent residents of the Yukon, and not employees of the University, can purchase a library card, valid for one year, for a fee of $50. Public patrons can borrow up to five items at a time, for three weeks; items can be renewed twice if there are no other requests for the item.

Current Yukon government ID, such as a driver’s license, must be shown to prove your identity as a resident of Yukon.

  • Public Patrons cannot place hold requests.
  • Public Patrons cannot borrow AV equipment.
  • Purchasing a Public Patron card does not include off-campus access to databases.  
  • Yukon residents can request interlibrary loans from the Yukon University Library through their local branch of the Yukon Public Libraries system at no charge. There is a charge for all other interlibrary loans. See the Fees section for more information.

Yukon University permanent/term employees

Please note: Yukon University is not a branch of the Government of Yukon so “employee” does not refer to Government of Yukon employees unless they are also directly employed by Yukon University and possess a Yukon University Employee ID.

    • Library accounts for University employees, including those in community campuses, will be valid until the termination date of the employee's contract with the University.

    Yukon University faculty/staff in community campuses

    • Faculty/staff members working from the communities can use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request service to obtain materials from the University Library.
    • Items will be sent to the address indicated in the ILL request form and can be returned to the Whitehorse Ayamdigut Campus by mail or in person.
    • If returned by mail, items must arrive at the Library by the due date informed to the borrower. Overdue fines will accrue for items arriving past the due date.

    Yukon University sessional instructors

      • Library accounts for Sessional Instructors will be valid until the termination date of the employee's contract with the University.
      • Sessional Instructors and Adjunct Faculty have the same library privileges of perm/term employees.

      Visiting researchers & students from other institutions

      Loan periods & renewals

      Main collection

      • All Patrons: the loan period for circulating items from the main collection is three weeks for Ayamdigut Campus patrons and four weeks for community campus and distance patrons.
      • Faculty can request a longer borrowing period of three months to meet their unique work needs (preparing a course, conducting research, etc.). Requests may be denied if Library staff believe that making an item unavailable would hinder students’ ability to complete assignments. These items may be subject to recall.
      • Students with a current library account can borrow up to 20 items at a time.
      • Public patrons can borrow up to five items at a time.
      • Faculty and staff can borrow up to 30 items at a time.
      • Distance students and community campus patrons: use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request form to borrow books from the Yukon University Library main collection.

      Periodicals and reference collection

      • Non-circulating for most patrons.
      • Reference items may be signed out by faculty for the length of a class when such items are required for classroom instruction.
      • Faculty and staff may borrow periodicals for one week.

      Reserve collection

      • Loan periods may vary according to instructor requests.
      • Items in the Reserve Collection can not be renewed. Overdue fines apply at $1 per hour.
      • (For faculty) Use the online form to put items on reserve . For more information, see Information on Reserves.


      • Renewals are recommended to avoid overdue fines (see Fees section).
      • If there is a hold request on an item, patrons will be unable to renew the item and must return it as soon as possible.
      • All patrons can renew items up to two times, for a three week term.
      • However, items cannot be renewed past the expiry date of their library account.

      Renewals may be requested several ways:

      • In-person
      • By e-mailing the Library at least 30 minutes before the Innovation Commons closes for the day.
      • By telephone: 867 668 8870.
      • Or online by using “Sign in” in Worldcat Discovery Search. The credentials are the same used for any Yukon University account. Visiting students and visiting researchers may contact the library to set up a password to access their library accounts remotely.

        Fines and replacement costs

        • Library patrons are responsible for items checked out on their account.
        • Any fines generated are also the responsibility of the Library patron.
        • Items from the Main Collection (books, DVDs, etc.) that are renewed or returned after the due date will be charged a fine of $1 per day per item. This policy applies to all Library patrons.
        • Items from the Reserve Collection can not be renewed, and patrons will be charged a fine of $1 per hour per item if not returned on time.
        • Fines for overdue student laptops are $10 per day; the replacement cost of equipment + a $10 processing fee will apply for laptops and other lost AV items.
        • A fine balance of more than $10 will stop a Library patron from borrowing materials until the fine is paid. 
        • Yukon University students who have an outstanding fine balance of $10 or more will not be able to graduate, receive transcripts, or register for courses.
        • Items overdue for more than seven weeks will be billed at replacement cost plus $10 processing fee per item.
        • Check-out privileges will be suspended until overdue items have been returned and all fines paid.
        • Replacement charges must be paid for items that are lost or damaged.

        Note to Yukon University employees (permanent/term)

        • An outstanding fine balance greater than $50 for a University employee will result in the withholding of check-out privileges.

        Please note: Yukon University is not a branch of the Yukon government so “employee” does not refer to Yukon Government employees unless they are also directly employed by Yukon University and possess a Yukon University Employee ID.

        Interlibrary loan fees

        • Students, staff and faculty may order interlibrary loans free of charge.
        • Public patrons pay $10 per item requested through the interlibrary service. For more information, see our Interlibrary Loan Guidelines.
        Interlibrary loans

        Can’t find what you need at Yukon University Library? Request it and we’ll bring it here from another partner library.

        Check our guidelines before requesting Interlibrary Loans.

        Books and Articles

        Option 1: Use the Illume to find and request the book that you need. If interested in an article, search for the  journal title and then fill in all the information about the article (volume, issue, year, page numbers). 

        Option 2: Use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form. For articles, enter as much information as possible (article title, journal title, volume, issue, year, page numbers, DOI)

        Option 3: Search WorldCat Discovery . If the item is not found at Yukon University, check the option "Libraries Worldwide" in the column located to the left of the results list. Once you locate the item you would like to request, click on its title and then scroll down the page until you see the "Place an interlibrary loan request" button. Use the button to place your request.

        Requesting YukonU books from the communities

        Requesting articles from databases

        Before requesting, check the Discovery Search to see if the item you are looking for is available.

        Requesting from the databases:

        • Click the "Request this item through interlibrary loan" link.
        • Fill out the resulting form to request the item.

        If article is not indexed on the databases:

        Videos or DVDs (instructors only)

        Interlibrary loan information for other libraries

        This information is intended for external libraries (non-YukonU) . 


        We lend most circulating items from our collection and allow for interlibrary loaning of articles. Returnable loans (books, videos, etc.) are for four weeks from the date shipped and we will happily renew for two more times unless a hold has been placed on the item. You are encouraged to verify the availability of items in the Yukon University Library Catalogue

        Items NOT available for interlibrary loan:

        •  Items from the "new" collection, usually published within the year
        • Textbooks
        • Items from the reserve collection
        • Reference books
        • Items from the "archival" collection
        • Periodicals


        While we do not lend periodicals, we will provide digital versions of articles. Copies can be sent by by email or by OCLC Article Exchange. 

        Courier delivery

        We ship by courier with fellow members of the BC ELN Media and academic libraries in Canada.


        We do not charge libraries for interlibrary loans.

        For BC libraries, note that an alternative arrangement is in place through our status as a member of the BC Electronic Library Network.

        Placing Requests

        • Our preference is for requests to come through Illume and Worldshare ILL, but we will also accept requests by email.  We do not accept requests by telephone.
        • If you are requesting interlibrary loans using email, please include as much information as possible to ensure the speedy delivery of items.
        • Due to the small number of our Library staff, we cannot provide rush service.

        Yukon University Library Information

        • YukonU Library code on Illume: YWC
        • OCLC symbol: CN4WZ

        Available to Yukon University students

        • Current Yukon University students can borrow a laptop for three days, no renewals. Complete details on laptop use can be found here.
        • Headsets, tripods, voice recorders, and camcorders may be borrowed for a limited time. Contact library staff for more information.

        Available to Yukon University employees

        • Yukon University Library provides an audiovisual collection which includes flipcharts, screens, projectors, laptops, cameras, adapters, cables, and other small items. Staff and faculty can borrow and return this material directly at the Innovation Commons front desk. One week loan, and overdue charges will apply.
        • Other types of equipment such as sound systems for events (PA, microphones, speakers) and equipment set up can be borrowed by submitting a Help Desk request.
        • Learn more about AV Services for Yukon University employees
        Open Educational Resources

        What are Open Educational Resources?

        Open Educational Resources, or OERs, are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

        Explore Open Educational Resources

        What are Open Access Journals?

        The Open Access (OA) initiative focuses on free access to peer-reviewed research articles, preprints and research data.  

        Northern Review > an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by Yukon University in Whitehorse, Canada, on the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

        View Open Journals Collections >

        View Journal List

        Copyright information

        Yukon University applies the principles of Fair Dealing for copies of copyrighted work used for education or research.

        Copyright information for faculty & students