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Announcing the new-and-improved SFU Library Catalogue

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The SFU Library Catalogue was upgraded on May 25th, and work will be continuing throughout the summer.

Check here often for news and updates, including issues we are working to resolve during this migration period. 

Frequently asked questions

What has changed? Why a new Catalogue?

What has changed?

The biggest change? The new Catalogue lets you search for journal articles at the same time as books, media, and other items in the Library. Some of the other differences:

  • A new more visual interface is more intuitive for beginners; experienced researchers will find it more like other databases and search tools they already know.
  • Sign in with your regular SFU computing ID to place holds, renew books, and check your library record (no more long barcodes for most borrowers).
  • Better performance on mobile devices.

Why the change?

The Library's former catalogue was 20 years old and its vendor was preparing to retire the software that runs it.  

In response, the Library has upgraded to new catalogue software from a new vendor.  This upgraded software allows the Library to provide better access to our expanding digital collections.

Placing holds, renewing books, your library record

How do I renew books?

In the Library Catalogue, sign in, then click on your name to see your library record. This will show you what you have checked out, and allow you to select and renew the titles you want.

How do I place holds or request books?

Once you have signed in to the Library Catalogue, you will see options to "Request" materials, including to place a hold

How do I check my library record? 

In the Library Catalogue, sign in, then click on your name to see your library record. This will show you what you have checked out, requests (holds) you are waiting for, and fines you owe (if any). You can also renew books from your library record. 

Accessing online resources

How do I access online resources (full-text)?

You do not need to sign in to the Catalogue in order to view online resources such as journal articles. Within the "View it" area in an item's record, click on the publisher or content provider's link (e.g. JSTOR or PubMed).  You will be prompted to log in if off campus or on wireless.

How and why to sign in

Why should I sign into the Library Catalogue? How do I sign into the Library Catalogue?

You do not need to sign into the SFU Library Catalogue to see the books, journals, and other items owned by the SFU Library.  Anyone can search the Catalogue and see items owned by the Library without signing in.

See Why should I sign into the Library Catalogue? How do I sign into the Library Catalogue? for more information on what actions you can do, such as renewing books, when logged into the Catalogue.

Using the new Catalogue

See our Library Catalogue search guide for tips, including for the powerful new basic search, browse search (for subject headings and more), and how to place holds.

Notes for advanced users

  • ​Library Search remains the Library's default search engine; the new Library Catalogue replaces and combines functions of our old Catalogue and Fast Search, which has been discontinued.
  • All existing checkouts, holds, and recall requests have been migrated to the new Catalogue.
  • Bookmarks and direct links to the catalogue will continue to work.  

Issues we are working on

Accessing your Library record and signing in

A small number of borrower records haven't migrated successfully.

Reactivate your account: If you have an account but aren't able to sign in to the Catalogue, contact staff in Access Services (Loans) for help:

libcirc@sfu.ca
778.782.4345 - W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby
778.782.5050 - Belzberg Library, SFU Vancouver
778.782.7411 - Fraser Library, SFU Surrey

Accessing some journal articles directly from citations

Some journal articles are not showing up in Catalogue searches although the Library has access. If you have a citation and cannot access the full-text, try searching for the journal title, then browsing by date to the correct article.

For more tips, see Advanced techniques for finding the full-text of an article from a citation.

Accessing e-journals and e-books from off-campus

As we work to migrate our electronic holdings (including e-books and e-journals), you may have problems accessing some titles from off-campus.

Temporary workaround: Use the Library's off-campus bookmarklet to authenticate until the upgrade is complete.

Interlibrary Loans

Sometimes the ILL request form will not work properly.

Temporary workaround: Trying again in a few minutes resolves most problems. See Request items from other libraries for more about placing interlibrary loans requests. 

Date(s)

Launched May 25; implementation continues

Contact for further information

Send your feedback and questions about the new Catalogue to Janice Banser, Systems Librarian, at libhelp@sfu.ca.