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  • 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)
  • There is a reciprocal borrowing agreement with BC colleges and universities (via the BC division of the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors (CPSLD), whereby SFU students, faculty and staff can borrow books from these institutions.

    Simon Fraser University students will need to show their SFU ID and verify themselves online at the checkout counter by:

    • Going to the "Your Library Record" part of the SFU Library's catalogue and logging in to see their library record using their last name and SFU Library barcode
      • The Library barcode begins with the numbers 29345... and can be found on their SFU student card or online under the My Library Record tab in mysfu.ca
    • Once logged in under "Your library record", students can view the expiry date on their SFU library borrowing privileges plus their patron code, which denotes their SFU status.

    Note: Local borrowing restrictions will apply

  • Students

    Students interested in employment opportunities can get in touch with:

    SFU Career Services
    To book an advising appointment or attend a workshop.

    SFU Work Integrated Learning
    To apply for co-op, log in to view job postings, or talk to a career advisor.

    Community members

    Community members can get free job search assistance at an employment services centre:

    Work BC Whalley
    For job search workshops, employment counselling, skills training and more.

    Find other Work BC locations

  • Yes.  Current students, faculty and staff from these institutions shall be granted external borrowing privileges at each other's libraries.

    Students, faculty, and staff are subject to the borrowing rules at each library.

    You will be asked to verify that you attend your "home" college.

    For example:

    A Douglas College student will produce a student card which will include a sticker showing she is registered in the current semester.

    A BCIT student will need to logon to their system to show their expiry date

    Patrons covered by this reciprocal agreement will be issued with an external borrower card.  The card's expiry date will be either the date on the student's ID or the date displayed on their online registration. Maximum length of time is one (1) year. For a list of participating BC colleges, see the Reciprocal Borrowing page of CPSLD (Council of Post Secondary Library Directors).

  • Generally yes.  Since fair dealing now includes education, students may include limited amounts of copyright protected material in their assignments and presentations.  Students presenting in class or submitting assignments to an instructor are subject to the same rules, limits and exceptions that apply to instructors.  See the Application of Fair Dealing under Policy R30.04 for details about amounts allowable under fair dealing.

  • Yes. Almost all articles requested via interlibrary loan are delivered to the requestor using a secure post-to-web service that complies with Canada’s Copyright Act.

  • Unfortunately no. Libraries usually do not lend each other media items (DVDs, videos, etc.).

    The exception is for instructors booking films for classroom showing. If you're an instructor and you want to show a specific film which SFU doesn't own, please complete an interlibrary loan request using the Video/Film request form. SFU is a member of the BC Media Resource Sharing Agreement, which allows BC post-secondary libraries to lend each other media items.

    To check if another library in BC has the video you want, access Outlook Online and limit your search to the "ELN Media Catalogue".

  • Honour students have their loan privileges expanded to equal that of graduate students. This upgraded status is awarded to all undergraduate students in the honours program.
  • No. Copyright in a work exists automatically when an original literary, artistic or dramatic work is created, or a performance, sound recording or broadcasting signal is created or published, so the owner is protected under copyright common law. Under Canadian copyright law, the work does not need to be registered and the symbol © is not required to appear on the work. There may not even be any reference to copyright protection. It is possible for the work to be registered under a voluntary government registration system, such as that of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). Registration with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office does not preclude or enhance protection. However, it is still a good idea to register your copyright and to indicate notice of copyright on your works.

  • The group code is not needed anymore. It was previously required for configuring Write-N-Cite or for logging in to RefWorks from off-campus.

    SFU Group CodeRWSimonFraserU
    Note: The code is case-sensitive and is for SFU users only.

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