Materials may be borrowed any time the library is open. For holiday operating hours, see Hours: Opening & Closing Times.
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Library cards are not transferable and will be honoured only when presented by the legitimate cardholder, unless you have authorized another person to be your designated borrower.
Information about the designated borrower service and authorization form is available at: Borrowing Library Materials: Designated borrower.
Yes, during Food for Fines campaigns. The campaigns usually occur at the end of the semester and last for 3 weeks. You may pay fines with food items - $2 of fines per food item to a maximum of $30 each campaign. Only non perishable food items are accepted although other non perishable household items such as toothpaste will also be accepted.
Yes. Cite yourself as you would any other publication. The same rules for in-text citations and reference list citations apply.
If there are co-authors involved, you need written permission (email or letter) from your co-authors to include the article in your thesis.
If you wish to use articles you have already published in a journal, you may need to check your copyright permissions. Copyright information can be found in your agreement with the journal, on the journal's website, or by phoning the journal directly.
The Student Learning Commons (SLC) is mandated to serve currently enrolled SFU students. We have many online writing and learning resources on our web site which may be of interest and use to other students.
Most library databases, web-based books, electronic journals and other e-resources can be accessed from off campus by:
- current students,
- students taking a semester off who have purchased the extended privileges card,
- Fraser International College students.
Alumni may access some electronic resources from off campus and almost all electronic resources from within library buildings.
External borrowers generally may only access selected databases from within library buildings.
Access databases, ejournals, ebooks etc. by using the Library Search or follow the links on the Library website. If required, you will be prompted to type in your SFU computing ID and password in order to log on.
If you have not been given an SFU computing ID login, use your SFU Library barcode.
Exceptions: In-library access only (standalone computers)
You may wish to make a reservation on these standalone computers to make sure that you get the time you need on the database.
Yes, you can use the computers at any of the three SFU libraries. See our related FAQs on library computer locations and library computer logins for information on getting access to Library computers.
SFU Information Technology keeps an up-to-date list of software specifications on assignment computers at
All SFU Libraries lend Dell Notebook Laptops equipped with assignment software from the circulation desks at all three SFU Libraries.
For assistance with any technical problem with your assignment workstation, contact the appropriate IT Services division for your campus.
At W.A.C Bennett Library at SFU Burnaby, visit the IT Tech Help Desk on the third floor for help.
All workstations and laptops come equipped with a variety of web browsers. You may access your SFU Connect email client or external email providers though the browser.
See the Public Workstation Policy for restricted and prohibited activities.
See the Research Commons' page on Research Support Software for more information.
- Fair Use of Information and Communications Technology at SFU
- Public Computer Policy
- Copyright at SFU
- SFU Library Code of Conduct
Can Library Reserves link to full-text resources that the Library has already paid for, such as e-journals and e-books?
Generally yes, though there are a few exceptions. Contact Library Reserves for more information.
Yes, an authorized company representative may purchase External Organization Borrower cards by submitting an Application form to Management, Loans Division. All borrowing is subject to the Loans Policy and fines.
Fees/Cards: $200.00 flat rate for the purchase of 3 individual cards ($5.00 replacement fee per card). Term: for a period of one year from date of purchase.
External Organization borrowers may:
- Use research assistance and materials at all three libraries;
- Borrow general circulating material at all libraries, under the same loan periods as undergraduates;
- Request books that are out on loan to other users;
- Request items, with the exception of specialized collections such as Media Collection material, to be transferred from one campus to another;
- Access selected licensed electronic resources (databases, electronic journals, etc.) from within the Library buildings.
External Organization borrowers may not:
- Use multimedia equipment and games held by the SFU Surrey Library, which are only accessible to SFU Surrey students;
- Borrow 16 mm films, videos or DVD's from the SFU Library;
- Use Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery services;
- Access Reserve materials;
- Access licensed electronic resources from outside the Library;
- Request journal article photocopies;
- Access SFU's wireless network (a valid SFU computing account is required)