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Services to alumni

Welcome to the SFU Library. We encourage SFU Alumni to continue their use of Library resources and services in their pursuit of life-long learning opportunities.

Library cards

Hold on to your SFU card, as you do not get a different library card when you graduate. Your library privileges will expire two weeks into the next semester. Your alumni library privileges will come into effect when Senate awards your degree/diploma. If you need library privileges before you are awarded your alumnus status, come to the Loans/Circulation counter at any SFU Library branch to arrange interim privileges.

Alumni who no longer have their card can purchase a new card at the Registrar and Information Services counters at any campus. You need to advise the Registrar's Office of any address changes.  


Note that as of September 29, 2012, alumni who graduated prior to April 2009 may need to reactivate their SFU computing ID to access the Library's online services. See SFU Alumni's Alumni Email Forwarding Service for links to reactivate your SFU ID or to reset your password. 

SFU Library services to alumni

As an alumnus you are welcome to use the following Library services.

Research assistance

Seek research assistance and use materials at all three libraries:

Services involving books and journals

  • Borrow books, generally for three weeks (For more details, see SFU library loan periods)
  • Request books that are out on loan to other users
  • Request books be transferred from Belzberg to Bennett or Fraser and vice versa
  • Request up to three journal article photocopies per day to be transferred from Bennett to Belzberg or Fraser and vice versa, at a cost of $3.00 each.

Access to computers and online materials

Please note: access to SFU RefWorks accounts will cease within the next year, on December 31st, 2017
Please see our 
migration guides for more information. 
  • Log on to the computers at any SFU Library
  • Access online resources (books, journals, databases):
    • Access almost all electronic resources by logging in to an SFU Library computer at any SFU Library branch
    • Access a small subset of the Library's electronic resources available to SFU Alumni from off campus or via SFU campus wireless
      • Note that alumni can access more web-based resources by logging into a computer at any SFU Library branch than by using SFU wireless service or from off campus.

Electronic resources available to SFU Alumni from off campus or via SFU campus wireless

SFU Library databases and e-journals

To log in:

  1. Use your SFU computing ID and password.  If you do not have one or have forgotten, contact Alumni services to reactivate your SFU ID or to reset your SFU password.
  2. If you do not have a SFU Computing ID but still have your library card, you may log in with your SFU Library Barcode. Look for a link to this option below the sign in box.

Open access databases and e-journals

Note:  Alumni borrowers are not eligible for:

  • Interlibrary Loans (obtaining materials from libraries other than SFU). Your public library may offer this service to you.
  • Loans of Reserves material
  • Loans of video games
  • Borrowing laptops and projectors
  • Booking group study rooms.

SFU Library newsletter

Alumni are encouraged to stay current on new library ventures by subscribing to the SFU Library Update newsletter.

Giving to the SFU library

Thank you for considering a gift to the SFU Library.

SFU Alumni have always been generous supporters of the Library. Your gift will continue to allow us to enhance the Simon Fraser University Library for the benefit of students, faculty and the community.