To find books, videos, and other Library materials in languages other than English, search the Library catalogue for the item(s) you want (by keyword, author, title, etc.), and limit your search by language.
The SFU Library also has some specific collections of materials in languages other than English. For example, you can find a collection of materials donated by the State Education Commission of the People's Republic of China by searching by keyword or title (in Browse search) for "Chinese collection."
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 go to the Registrar's Office at any campus and 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).
Closed Storage is an area of the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) that is only accessible by library staff.
To request that a specific item located in closed storage be retrieved for you, look up the item in the Library catalogue, and use the Request function as you would for a book on loan or at another campus (see Request instructions). Items requested online, Monday to Thursday, will be available from the Circulation/Loans desk on the next day, after 4 pm. Items requested Friday, Saturday or Sunday will be available on Monday of the following week after 4 pm.
Requests can also be made in person at the Circulation/Loans desk and are usually available the same day. Closed storage runs for in-person requests are made at the following times:
Monday - Thursday 9am, 1pm, 4pm, 8pm
Friday - 9am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm (the library closes at 10pm)
Saturday - Sunday 11am, 3pm, 7pm
You can also Request these items for delivery to our other campus libraries. Allow two working days after your request for the item to arrive at Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver) or Fraser Library (SFU Surrey).
For further assistance, contact Bennett Loans staff at 778.782.4345, by email email@example.com, or in person.
You ask. If your use is not permitted by a license, or one of the exceptions in the Copyright Act, you will need to ask for permission. The permission must come from the copyright owner so the first step is to identify who the copyright owner is and whether there is an organization that represents the owner. There are a number of copyright collectives which can give you permission (in the form of a license) on behalf of the copyright owner to use their work. So, for example, if you want to use music and your use does not fall within any of the Copyright Act’s exceptions, you may be able to obtain permission from copyright collectives such as SOCAN, Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) or Re:Sound that administer copyright in music.