How do I get a library card?

Current SFU students, faculty, and staff

Your SFU ID is your library card.

See Getting your Card for how and where to get your SFU ID.

SFU student card

FIC student card


Where do I pick up my SFU ID?

See Getting your Card for details, or contact SFU's Registrar and Information Services for help.

Distance education students: Follow the instructions for getting a library barcode or contact Telebook services to get a barcode number so that you can use the library's direct request services.

Alumni, external borrowers, and some research assistants

Alumni: You do not need to get a different library/university card when you graduate, so hold onto your present card. Your library privileges will expire two weeks into the next semester. Your alumni library privileges will come into effect when Senate awards your degree/diploma. If you need library privileges before you are awarded your alumnus status, come to the Circulation/Loans desk at the Library for interim privileges. Alumni who no longer have their card can contact SFU's Registrar and Information Services to purchase a new University/Library card.

External Borrower Cards can be purchased at the Circulation/Loans desk at Bennett, Belzberg or Surrey Libraries. For rates and other useful information, please see Services for External Borrowers.

Research assistants who are paid directly by the professor (and not on the university payroll) may apply for a free External Borrower Card at any campus. An application form can be obtained from the Circulation/Loans desk. This form must be countersigned by the Professor, and should then be presented to the Circulation/Loans desk. Cards will be issued in the name of the assistant c/o the Professor and will carry the same borrowing privileges as the Professor.

New faculty not yet on payroll

New faculty are eligible for a library card up to 3 months in advance of their appointment. If you cannot yet get a regular card, please visit the loans counter at any SFU Library branch. Library staff will issue you a temporary card upon written proof confirming your status (e.g. letter of appointment from Faculty/Dept., Departmental memo).

Your temporary library card will provide you with the full range of faculty borrowing privileges,