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Does SFU Surrey (Fraser) Library offer free EAL/ESL classes?

SFU Surrey (Fraser) Library does not offer English as an Additional Language classes, however, other resources are available:

Students can attend a workshop, book a conversation consultation, and get help with academic writing in English at the Student Learning Commons.

Community members can attend a drop-in English conversation circle at Surrey Public Libraries, register for the English Conversation Program with the City of Surrey, or find classes through the New to BC website.

Does the Library have a research skills tutorial I can use in Canvas?

Yes. The Library research skills tutorial is a Canvas module which introduces concepts like refining topics, finding background information including reference sources, and where to find scholarly articles.

To import this tutorial into your Canvas course, go to Canvas Commons to search for the desired tutorial by title and then follow these step-by-step instructions to import the content. If you need further assistance, contact IT Services.

Does the Library have old exams on file?

The Library does not normally carry past exams.  For assistance in finding previous or practice exams at SFU, see Exam Preparation: Previous and Practice Exams.

Does the library have telephone books from other places?The Bennett Library no longer keeps phone books from other places as they are now available over the web. You can search for a Canadian phone number here.
Does the Library loan out digital projectors?
Yes!
The SFU Library owns several digital projectors, which are available for loan. 

Who can borrow projectors?

All SFU faculty, staff and students can borrow projectors.

Where do I go to borrow a projector?

Projectors can be checked out from the circulation desk on the 3rd floor of WAC Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby), or at the Loans counter at the Fraser Library (SFU Surrey).

Projectors are not available at Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver) at this time.

How long can I borrow a projector, and what are the fines if I return it late?

You can borrow a projector for 4 hours with no renewals, requests, holds, or bookings.

Late fees of $10.00 per hour will be charged for all units not returned on time. See Fines and penalties: Borrowing Library materials for further information.

Projectors must be returned 1 hour before Library closing.

How do I find out if a projector is available?

To find out  what the Library owns,  search Laptops & equipment borrowing for projectors (and other equipment) at the different SFU Library locations. 

For more information, including which projectors are available to borrow, contact Loans staff by phone, by email at loans-mgmt@sfu.ca, or in person at the Loans desk at any Library.

Where can I use a Library projector?

The most suitable place to use one of these units is in one of the group study rooms at the WAC Bennett Library, which can be booked in advance.

 

Does the Library loan out headphones?
Yes!
Several pairs of headphones are available to borrow at all three SFU libraries.

Who can borrow headphones?

Currently enrolled students, faculty, staff, and alumni can borrow headphones.

Where do I go to borrow headphones?

To borrow headphones at the Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver) or Fraser Library (SFU Surrey), simply ask at the Loans/Checkout desk. At the WAC Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby), there are 20 pairs of headphones available from the Checkout counter on the 3rd (main) floor of the Library. There are also two sets of headphones with microphones.

How long can I borrow headphones?

Headphones can be borrowed for a 4-hour loan period which can be extended online, but not past the Library's closing time. Headphones returned after they are due are subject to fines. See Fines and penalties: Borrowing Library materials for further information.

Headphones must be returned 1 hour before Library closing.

How do I find out if headphones are available?

To see what the Library owns,  search Laptops & equipment borrowing for headphones at the different SFU Library locations. 

For more information, including which headphones are available to borrow, contact Loans staff by phone, by email at loans-mgmt@sfu.ca, or in person at the Loans desk at any Library.

Does the Library offer publishing support services?

Yes, the Library offers Scholary publishing services for faculty, staff, and students.

 

Does the Library offer workshops for faculty?

Yes. See Upcoming workshops for scheduled workshops, courses, and classes for faculty.

Does the Library provide wireless internet (Wi-Fi)?

Yes.

Where can I connect?

All three SFU campuses have wireless Internet networks.

Who can connect?

SFU Students, faculty and staff

Students, faculty, and staff who have a valid SFU computing ID may access the wireless network.

SFU alumni

SFU alumni have full access to the SFU campus wireless network. Note, however, that accessing SFU Library online books, journals, and other web-based resources via the wireless network is considered as off campus access and alumni are restricted via wireless to a subset of the library's electronic resources. For a list of web-based resources available to alumni via the SFU wireless network, see Electronic resources available to SFU Alumni off-campus or via SFU campus wireless.

Your name and SFU library barcode are not sufficient for wireless access.

Non-SFU faculty, staff, and students

While at SFU, if you make use of the Eduroam wireless service you will be considered as being off campus and will NOT be able to access SFU library electronic resources which require an SFU computing ID and password for access.

Note that people without valid SFU computing accounts or Eduroam privileges cannot be signed on to the wireless network with an SFU Library Guest ID.

How can I connect?

To access the SFU campus wireless network you need a laptop computer or WiFi-enabled mobile device (tablet, smartphone). Some laptops may require a wireless network card (NIC). Visit the various locations at SFU Burnaby, SFU Surrey or SFU Vancouver for in-person assistance with connecting to the wireless Internet.

More information

Does the SFU Surrey (Fraser) Library have any information on emergency housing?

Community Resources in North Surrey
From the City of Surrey, a list of housing and supports in North Surrey. Find more information in the City of Surrey's Master plan for housing the homeless.

Community Services - Housing
From Surrey Libraries, a list of housing options from emergency shelters to affordable housing. Includes a printable PDF version.

The Lookout Society (Gateway shelter & front room drop in)
The closest shelter to the SFU Surrey (Fraser) Library, at 10667 135 A Street, Surrey, BC, V3T 4E3. Telephone number for general inquiries: 604-589-8678

BC 211 Shelter and Street help line
Provides a shelter list with available beds that is updated twice daily: 11:30am & 7:30pm. Follow the link to download the most up-to-date version of the shelter list.

Homelessness Services Association of BC
Another excellent resource. Links include a shelter directory and Extreme Weather Response community plans.