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Using the Library: Distance Education


Hello and welcome to the Library Guide for Distance Education students.  My name is Christopher Murphy and I'm your Distance Education Library Liaison. As a former distance education student I can appreciate the need to get information and/or materials from the Library in a timely fashion to help in one's studies. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding how the Library can assist you. I can be reached at or (780) 539-2817.

Check out the Distance Resources section on the GPRC Student Hub:

Virtual Assistance

As a Distance Education student you can avail of one-on-one virtual help from Library Technician/Distance Education Liaison Christopher Murphy just by booking an appointment. I can help you with how to do research (using digital and print resources) how to put a research paper together, citation styles, and any other questions you may have. Please identify yourself as a distance/online student when booking the appointment, thank you. I look forward to helping you succeed!

Please identify yourself as a distance/online student when making the booking. This is important so the appropriate tools can be sent to you in advance.

Please note: tutors for Writing & Grammar, Math & Science will be available early September 2018.

Please identify yourself as a distance/online student when making the booking. This is important so the appropriate tools can be sent to you in advance.

Please note: tutors for Writing & Grammar, Math & Science will be available early September 2018.

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Writing Workshops Accessible for Distance Students

If you would like to learn how to write better academic papers, there are several virtual writing workshops you can participate in during the semester. Click on this link for details: Writing Workshops

If you wish to participate as a Distance Student, please indicate "DISTANCE STUDENT" in the Last Name field when you register. I will then send you the information to connect via Zoom, a Skype-like videoconferencing tool. 

GPRC Distance Students can also download the full suite of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) for FREE.

Here's how:

1) Log into “myGPRC”.
2) Click on “My Profile”
3) Click on “Account Information”
4) Click on “Software Access”
5) Click on “Get Microsoft Office Now”
6) Next page that loads will be the login page. Write down the email address in the username field; you will need it later.
7) Enter your Moodle password.
8) Next is the install page – Click the red “Install” button on top right. Download could take between 20-60 min.
9) Once installed, open Word or Excel and enter the email address you wrote down in Step 6 and your Moodle password again. Make sure you are connected to internet. That's it; you are good to go!


Request Books from NEOS

Requesting Books

Use the NEOS catalogue to search for books. Click on the  icon found in the catalogue record for the book:

Log in using your User ID (Library card barcode) and Pin (last 4 digits of barcode) and choose Grande Prairie Regional College - Grande Prairie (for Grande Prairie Campus) as your pick up location in the "Pickup at" menu. The item will be mailed from there via Priority Courier to your address.

Delivery of Materials

 Once you have found the information you are looking for, it will be sent directly to you:

  • Requested materials are collected, signed out and mailed to distance education students.
  • Parcels are shipped pre-paid via Priority Post Courier.
  • Pre-paid return bill of lading & shipping label are included to return materials to GPRC Library.
  • If some items must be returned earlier than the rest, a second return manifest will be sent for the remaining items.

Loan Periods and Limits for Distance Students

GPRC books: 5 weeks
NEOS books: 3 weeks
     ILL books: 3 weeks *subject to lending library's loan policy



We are always open to hearing from any student how we can make our services even better! Please do not hesitate to contact me, Distance Education Library Liaison Christopher Murphy, via or by calling my direct line (780) 539-2817 with any and all feedback. I'm here to assist you Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I look forward to helping you succeed!

InterLibrary Loan

Getting Articles/Books from other libraries (ILL) 


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service for GPRC students, faculty and staff to request articles and books from other libraries that are not part of NEOS. You have your own Interlibrary Loan account where you can place and keep track of your article/book requests. When your article/book arrives at the GPRC Library, you will receive an email message at your GPRC email account. You can then pick up your article/book at the Circulation Desk.

Journal Articles: Requests can take up to 1.5 - 2 weeks be filled. You will receive an e-mail in your student e-mail account that contains a link to the requested article. Download the article as soon as you receive this e-mail. Links are "live' for 14 days, or up to 3 downloads, whichever is less.

Books: Make sure the book is not available in another library in the NEOS catalogue. If it is, place a hold instead. Book requests through ILL usually take 1.5 - 2 weeks to arrive.

How to Log Into Your Account to Request an Article/Book

 Go to your Interlibrary Loan account.

User Login = barcode on your library card -  1930001234567

Password = last four digits of barcode on your library card (e.g. 4567)

NOTE: All Interlibrary Loan messages will come from the following email address: Some email programs automatically filter this address, so check your junk mail folder periodically. You can also check the status of your requests by logging into your Interlibrary Loan account.

Distance Education Liaison Christopher Murphy

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Grande Prairie Regional College Library
10726-106 Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
T8V 4C4
Office F 215 B
(780) 539-2817

Call GPRC - toll free!



This is a toll free number for Distance Education Students. 

Press 1 for Technical Support

Press 2 for Library Support

Press 3 for Instructional Support

Press 4 for Student Services Support


Do you need to buy textbooks?

All textbooks and course materials can be found and purchased online through the GPRC Bookstore.

780-539-2880 (Grande Prairie)
780-835-6612 (Fairview)

Technical Support

Visit Student Technical Support for assistance with myGPRC, Moodle, or student e-mail.

Grande Prairie Campus
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4C4
Phone: 1-780-539-2939
Fairview Campus
11235-98 Avenue
Fairview,AB T0H 1L0
Phone: 1-780-835-6641