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Members of the Community

Community Borrower Card

A Community Borrower Card allows limited access to KPU Library resources to members of the community, free of charge. 

During the pandemic, services to Community Borrowers are suspended and new Community Borrower accounts are not being created. 

Please visit COVID-19 Coronavirus: Information and KPU’s Response for updates on the KPU's COVID response and plan. Additional information can also be found on KPU Library COVID-19 Response Guide.

When normal operations resume, permanent residents of BC who are 14 years of age or older who are not enrolled or work at KPU are eligible for a Community Borrower card. 

Individuals affiliated with institutions who participate in the Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements via the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA) or Council of Post-Secondary Library Directors (CPSLD) are also eligible for a Community Borrower Card.

When normal operations resume, community members must visit a Service Desk at one of our campus libraries and present the following information:  

•    Government issued ID with current address,
•    proof of date of birth,
•    an email address.

If you are applying for a card under the Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements listed above, you will also have to present A COPPUL and/or CPSLD card and student/employee library card that you obtain from your home institution library. 

During normal operations, Community Borrower privileges include:
•    General collection borrowing (5 item limit, 3 week loan, 1 renewal on eligible items)
•    On-site use of journals, DVDs, research databases
•    30 minute Express Station sessions for computer access and wifi access
•    Online book request and account management
•    Reference desk assistance while on site
•    Research consultations by appointment with Community Outreach Librarian

Unless otherwise listed, standard borrowing & return rules, account management, and fines and fees apply to Community Borrower accounts. 

Visit My Library Account to manage your borrowing and billing details. All notices from the library are emailed to the address you provide.

Community Scholars Program

The Community Scholars Program is an SFU Library-led initiative. It provides access to select scholarly publications to individuals who work in B.C. non-profits and charities; individuals who would normally come up against paywalls when trying to access research and articles in the course of their work. We recognize the important and critical work that these individuals undertake, work that may be enhanced with access to scholarly, peer reviewed publications.

KPU is proud to be a Bronze Level sponsor of the Community Scholars Program.  As a joint initiative between KPU Library and KPU Experiential Education and Community Engagement, KPU’s participation in the program means that we can provide support for 10 individuals to become Community Scholars and access the resources attached to the program.

The Community Scholars Program is separate from the KPU Library Community Borrower Card.  

Generally, individuals who work for local non-profits and charities and who do not currently have a research relationship with a post-secondary institution are eligible if space is available.
During KPU’s participation in this program, there are limited placements available to qualifying, local individuals who are referred to the program by KPU. If you wish to be considered for placement, please contact Kelsey Chaban (Kelsey.chaban@kpu.ca) or Larissa Petrillo (Larissa.petrillo@kpu.ca).
Community Scholars receive access to a SFU-hosted search portal which grants them licensed access to over 20,000 scholarly publications. Community Scholars also get one-on-one help from their Community Scholars Librarian for research consultations and library help. They also can participate in tailored workshops, journal clubs, and other events that foster scholarly communities of practice—networks in their field of study.

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