What is a library barcode and how do I get one?

Most users of the SFU Library (SFU students, faculty, and staff) can use their SFU computing ID to log into the Library Catalogue, and access licenced Library resources from off-campus. 

If you have an SFU ID card but not an SFU computing ID, follow these instructions to use your barcode to access Library resources.

Your barcode is private information. Do not share your barcode with anyone or use it for any purpose not expressly permitted by the SFU Library.

Finding your Library barcode

On your SFU ID card 

Your SFU Library barcode is the number that begins with 29345... on your SFU ID card, which is also your library cardIt is not the same as your student number.

On the SFU Snap App

You can also find your barcode number on the official SFU Snap App.

Use SFU Snap to find your barcode in four steps.
  1. Download the SFU Snap app
  2. Sign in
  3. Click the "person" (account) icon
  4. Look for your Library Card number (usually a number starting with 29345.... not the same as your student number)

Virtual or online-only barcodes

Some users of the SFU Library don't have a physical card, but do have a barcode. This number usually begins with 49345....

Use your barcode to log in to your account and Library resources

Some borrowers, including non-credit students and external borrowers, don't have SFU computing IDs. If you don't have a SFU computing ID but do have a library barcode, you can use it to:

How to log in


Use your Library barcode number to log in to the Catalogue.


Your initial (default) password will be based on your last name:

If your last name is at least 8 characters long, your password will be your last name as it appears in your Library record (case sensitive).

 Note: your password is case-sensitive: MacKenzie is treated differently than mackenzie.

If your last name is shorter than 8 characters

For shorter names, the first time you log in your password will:

  • be your last name as it appears in your Library record (case, space and hyphen sensitive)
  • If your name is less than 8 characters you will have sequential ascending numbers as a place holder up to 7 characters.

Last Name Examples:


Wu        McLeod       MorrisonGarcia MarquezLouis-Dreyfus
Password: Wu123456     Password: McLeod12    Password: Morrison    Password: Garcia Marquez    Password: Louis-Dreyfus    


Choosing a new password

You have the option to reset your password by clicking on: 1) "Need help signing in?" and then 2) "Click here to reset your password."

Your new password must be at least 8 characters long.

Contact us for more help or to request a barcode

Talk to staff in Access Services (Loans and Circulation) for more help, including:

  • To get help with your barcode password
  • To request a Library barcode if you don't have a Library/student card


778.782.4345 - W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby

778.782.5050 - Belzberg Library, SFU Vancouver

778.782.7411 - Fraser Library, SFU Surrey