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Can I still borrow books during the holidays?

Materials may be borrowed any time the library is open. For holiday operating hours, see  Hours: Opening & Closing Times.

Can I upload my instructor's slides to a tutoring website?

Instructors are the authors and copyright owners of their teaching materials (this includes things like lecture notes, PowerPoint slide presentations, assignment instructions and exams). Since a copyright owner has the right to control what can be done with their work, you may not share your instructor's teaching materials outside the course without their permission, including by uploading it to a public website.

There are, however, certain users' rights included in the Copyright Act which allow the copying of a copyright protected work in certain situations. Under fair dealing you may copy an excerpt of a copyright protected work fr purposes including private study, education and research. For example, you could print your instructor's slides to make notes on and study from.

You own the copyright in your own class notes and assignments. You can share these however you like.

Contact the Copyright Office (copy@sfu.ca) with any questions.

Can I use food to pay for overdue fines?

Yes, during Food for Fines campaigns. The campaigns usually occur at the end of the semester and last for 3 weeks. You may pay fines with food items - $2 of fines per food item to a maximum of $30 each campaign. Only non perishable food items are accepted although other non perishable household items such as toothpaste will also be accepted.

Can I use my own material from my previous thesis or article(s) in a current thesis?

Yes. Cite yourself as you would any other publication.  The same rules for in-text citations and reference list citations apply.

If there are co-authors involved, you need written permission (email or letter) from your co-authors to include the article in your thesis. 

If you wish to use articles you have already published in a journal, you may need to check your copyright permissions.  Copyright information can be found in your agreement with the journal, on the journal's website, or by phoning the journal directly.


Can I use SLC services if I'm not an SFU student?

The Student Learning Commons (SLC) is mandated to serve currently enrolled SFU students.  We have many online writing and learning resources on our web site which may be of interest and use to other students.

Can I write my assignments on the Library computers? What software is included?

Yes, you can use the computers at any of the three SFU libraries. See our related FAQs on Library computer locations and Library computer logins for information on getting access to Library computers.


SFU Information Technology keeps an up-to-date list of software specifications on assignment computers. 

You can also borrow Laptops from the circulation desks at all three SFU Libraries. These are equipped with assignment software.

See also: our guide to accessing Adobe products at the Library.

For software help:

Internet access

All workstations and laptops come equipped with a variety of web browsers.

See the Public Computer Policy for restricted and prohibited activities.

Research support

See the Research Commons' page on Research Support Software for more information.

See also:

Can my company buy a card for any employee to use?

Yes, an authorized company representative may purchase External Organization Borrower cards by submitting an Application form to Management, Loans Division. All borrowing is subject to the Loans Policy and fines.

Fees/Cards: $200.00 flat rate for the purchase of 3 individual cards ($5.00 replacement fee per card). Term: for a period of one year from date of purchase.

External Organization borrowers may:

  • Use research assistance and materials at all three libraries;
  • Borrow general circulating material at all libraries, under the same loan periods as undergraduates;
  • Request books that are out on loan to other users;
  • Request items, with the exception of specialized collections such as audio and video material, to be transferred from one campus to another;
  • Access selected licensed electronic resources (databases, electronic journals, etc.) from within the Library buildings.

External Organization borrowers may not:

  • Use multimedia equipment and games held by the SFU Surrey Library, which are only accessible to SFU Surrey students;
  • Borrow 16 mm films, videos or DVD's from the SFU Library;
  • Use Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery services;
  • Access Reserve materials;
  • Access licensed electronic resources from outside the Library;
  • Request journal article photocopies;
  • Access SFU's wireless network (a valid SFU computing account is required)
Can SFU students borrow books from other BC colleges and universities?


There is a reciprocal borrowing agreement with BC colleges and universities (via the BC division of the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors (CPSLD), whereby SFU students, faculty and staff can borrow books from many non-SFU Library institutions.

Simon Fraser University students and faculty will need to show their SFU ID and verify themselves online at the checkout counter of the non-SFU Library by:

  1. Signing into the Library Catalogue and going to the "My Library account" section.
  2. Under Personal Details, viewing the account expiry date.  If the account is not expired, the student or faculty member is considered enrolled or employed at SFU.

Note: Local non-SFU Library borrowing restrictions will apply.

Can someone at the SFU Surrey (Fraser) Library help me find a job?


Students interested in employment opportunities can get in touch with:

SFU Career Services
To book an advising appointment or attend a workshop.

SFU Work Integrated Learning
To apply for co-op, log in to view job postings, or talk to a career advisor.

Community members

Community members can get free job search assistance at an employment services centre:

WorkBC Centre - Surrey Whalley
For job search workshops, employment counselling, skills training and more.

Find other Work BC locations

Can students from BC Colleges (Douglas, BCIT, etc.) borrow books from SFU?

Yes.  Current students, faculty and staff from these institutions shall be granted reciprocal external borrowing privileges at each other's libraries.

Students, faculty, and staff are subject to the borrowing rules at each library.

You will be asked to verify that you attend your "home" college.

For example:

A Douglas College student will produce a student card which will include a sticker showing she is registered in the current semester.

A BCIT student will need to logon to their system to show their expiry date

Patrons covered by this reciprocal agreement will be issued with an external borrower card.  The card's expiry date will be either the date on the student's ID or the date displayed on their online registration. Maximum length of time is one (1) year. For a list of participating BC colleges, see the Reciprocal Borrowing page of CPSLD (Council of Post Secondary Library Directors).