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- Get your item (book, article, media, etc.)
- Place a request or hold on an item (book, article, media, etc.)
- Questions and help
Get your item (book, article, media, etc.)
Once you have found your book or other item in the Catalogue, how do you get or access it?
Get physical items (like print books)
For print books, DVDs, maps, and other physical items, look for the Available At information. Be sure to check:
Note which campus library has the item, and in some cases, which part of the library (such as the Curriculum Collection at the Bennett Library in Burnaby).
Tip: You can request, or place a hold on, books and articles from other SFU campus libraries and have them delivered to your preferred location.
Check to see whether the item is available or already checked out, and:
- If something is checked out, click on the link for each specific copy to find out when it is due to be returned
- You can request (or recall) it, to have the book held for you on its return.
Tip: If a book is in Bennett Library's regular collection, the first two letters of the call number tell you what floor it is on: A through HT = 4th floor, HV through QA = 5th floor, QB to Z = 6th floor.
Access an online article, book, or other resource
For online or web-based articles, ebooks, or media, look for a link to full-text or online access.
If you are off campus or on wireless, you will be prompted to sign in for access.
Request or place a hold on an item owned by the SFU Library
Once you sign in with your SFU ID and are looking at the record for the item you want, you will see Request options; select "Request item" and then choose the SFU Library location where you would like to pick it up.
You can place a request to hold books (or videos, etc.) to be set aside for you at your preferred SFU Library, and you can also recall materials that someone else has borrowed (materials that are currently out on loan).
Request a scan of a chapter or section of a book
If you would prefer to get a scan of part of the book (like a chapter), select "Scan pages", and then fill in additional details.
Request something that SFU doesn't own
Interlibrary Loans can bring in articles, book chapters, books, and other materials that we don't own at the SFU Library.
To request that the Library purchase a book we don't currently own, you can Suggest a title for purchase.
Questions and help
For more help, ask a Librarian.