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Services for non-credit students and instructors

Non-credit students and instructors are welcome to access and borrow materials from the Library's collections, and to use Library facilities (with some exceptions).

For topics not covered here, and for help finding Library materials and resources, search our site or ask a staff member.

Library cards and borrowing materials

Non-credit students and faculty are entitled to a library card at no charge during the time they are taking (or teaching) their class(es).

For more details on loan periods and other information see borrowing library materials for non-credit students.


To get your library card, bring proof of course registration to the Loans or Circulation desk at any of the three SFU campuses.


To get your Library card, come to the Loans desk at the Library.

Library computers and printing

Computing ID and password

In order to use Library computers, and to log into the Library Catalogue, you need an SFU computing ID and password.  

Instructors who are on payroll can get a computing ID and password  from their department.

Once you have your computing ID and password, you will be able to log on to the Library computers and into the Library Catalogue.


SFU uses an online service called PaperCut for printing. You can check your Papercut account online and add funds using a credit card. See How to pay for printing or copying for more information, including options for using cash.

If you have further questions about printing, take a look at the Student Printing Services guide or contact SFU's IT Services.

SFU wireless (wifi) access


Wifi access is not available to non-credit students.

Non-credit instructors

See IT Services' Wireless guide for simple instructions on how to set up WiFi on your device.

If you need more help to set up WiFi on your device, contact SFU's IT Services.

Using the SFU Library Catalogue

Returning to SFU? Note that the SFU Library launched a new Catalogue in May 2017.

Some of the biggest changes:
  • The Catalogue now allows you to search for journal articles, books, media, and other online and print resources in one place.
  • To access online materials from off-campus, and to request materials (including books from other campus libraries), you will need to log in using your SFU computing ID and password, or -- if you do not have a computing ID -- your SFU Library barcode and password.

Check out announcing the new-and-improved SFU Library Catalogue for a brief overview of the new features in the Catalogue, including known issues and fixes.

Signing in

See Why should I sign into the Library Catalogue? How do I sign into the Library Catalogue? for more information on how to sign in, and the features that are available once you have signed in.

Searching for books, articles, and other Library materials

See the Catalogue search guide for basic and advanced tips for finding online and print Library resources.

Requesting books from other SFU campuses

If you find a book in the Catalogue that is located at another SFU campus library, you can request it (or place a hold on it) and request for it to be transferred to your preferred SFU Library location.

Research help

For help searching the Catalogue, locating resources for your topic, or if you would like additional tips on research skills, ask a Librarian.

Non-credit students and instructors are also welcome to contact us by email or book an appointment with a reference librarian. Appointments are available at all three campuses.

  • Access SFU's wireless network
  • Request Interlibrary Loans (materials from non-SFU libraries)
  • Book group study rooms
  • Use services offered by SFU's Student Learning Commons.