Services for UniverCity Residents

Welcome to the SFU Library. 

UniverCity residents are welcome to use books and other library resources within the SFU Library branches at Burnaby (Bennett Library), Vancouver (Belzberg Library) and Surrey (SFU Surrey Library). UniverCity residents are eligible to receive external borrow cards at no cost. See External borrowers: Borrowing Library Materials for further information.

You will need a password to log in to most of the computers in the library. Please ask a staff member at the Circulation/Loans Desk to create this for you when you purchase your borrower card.

Note that neither the borrower card nor the computer password will enable you to access the Library's licensed databases from home or elsewhere outside the Library, including the computers in other campus labs.

If you need further information, ask a Library staff member in person, by email ( or by phone (Bennett 778.782.3869, Belzberg 778.782.5050 or Surrey 778-782-7411).

Access electronic resources

The SFU Library offers the public a few ways to access electronic resources

Using public computer workstations

You will need a guest log-in and password to use the computers in the library. Please ask a staff member at the Loans/Circulation Desk to create a guest log-in for you when you would like to use a computer. The amount of time you can use a computer with a guest ID is based on the terms set by each location.

Members of the public only have access to the Library's licensed electronic resources (e.g. databases, ejournals, etc.) on campus. Guest log-ins do not provide access from anywhere outside the Library, including computers in other SFU campus computer labs.

Borrowing privileges

UniverCity residents can get an external borrower card at the circulation desks of any SFU Library branch. 

You must present your official UniverCity Resident card and one piece of current picture ID in order to qualify for an external borrowing card at no charge. Your borrower card will be valid for one year from the date of issue.

There will be no fee charged for the card, however see "Fines and penalties" for information about charges for late, damaged, and lost materials.

UniverCity Borrower privileges include:

  • Borrow and request general circulating material at all libraries under the same loan periods as undergraduates. See Loan periods: Borrowing Library Materials for further information;
  • Request books that are out on loan to other users;
  • Request items to be transferred from one campus to the other, with the exception of specialized collections such as media collection material
  • Request up to three journal article photocopies per day to be transferred from Bennett to Belzberg or Fraser and vice versa (articles will be provided at a cost of $3.00 each)
  • Use research assistance and materials at all three libraries;
  • Access selected databases within the Library buildings.
  • Obtain a guest ID to use a public computer

UniverCity residents borrower privileges do not include:

  • Automatic access to the library’s public computers
  • Access to Fraser Library’s games room and games collection
  • Ability to borrow laptops or other equipment
  • Access to Interlibrary Loan services
  • Access to Reserve materials
  • Access to licensed electronic resources (e.g. databases, ejournals, ebooks, etc.) from outside the Library
  • Ability to use a designated borrower.

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