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Welcome New Students: Top 12 Library Tips

Covid-19 Update

Reduced Library Service in Response to Covid-19

To protect the health of KPU students and employees, the Library is not providing any in-person public services at the time

Please keep that in mind while reading this Guide (for example, you will not be able to borrow any physical items from the library; you will need to load money into your own Papercut account for printing/copying on campus, etc.)

Our campus libraries continue to remain open with reduced hours, primarily to provide access to technology and study space for our students.

Please check our Covid-19 Response guide for details on the most up-to-date information about changes to Library services.

If you need assistance or have a question, you can still chat, email or text us to get in touch.

We hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this time.

1. Your Student Card

Your KPU card is your library card!  Get your KPU Card at any KPU campus library. You can use your KPU card to borrow library material. It is also the card you use to use the photocopier services on campus.  Visit any library service desk to add money onto your account. You can also submit your own photo! Full details can be found here.

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2. Hours

Our hours vary depending on what campus you're at, check out our times here.  Watch out, our hours change during intersession and on holidays!

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3. Textbooks

The library doesn't carry all textbooks, but we have some! Search the library catalogue to see if we do, or Ask a Librarian. If we own copies of your textbook, it has likely been placed on "course reserve."  A course reserve designation means an item is limited to a borrowing period as little as 2 hours, and it cannot be renewed or placed on hold. They are held at the library service counters. 

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4. Borrow

You can borrow most items in the library! If you're looking to buy your textbooks for your classes, visit the bookstore.

You can request any book, journal, DVD or CD (besides course reserve) be held for pick up under your name for 7 days at any campus library.

 The loan period is the amount of time you're able to borrow an item. The length of time depends on the type of item and whether or not it's a course reserve.

If we don't have the book or article you're looking for, we can try to find it at another academic institution and have it brought to KPU for you as an interlibrary loan.

We also loan out equipment such as presentation aids, cameras, and whiteboards.

To borrow, visit any library service desk with your KPU card and the items you want to take with you--staff will sign the items out to your account.

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5. Research Help

Visit, call, chat, type, or text! Visit any library location during In Person Reference hours for one-on-one help with a Librarian, or visit Ask a Librarian and choose your preferred form of communication.  We get back to your inquiries as soon as we can.

Don't know where to start? Orient yourself to library searches and the basics of research in Research Help.

Need help with writing or study skills?  Visit our friends at The Learning Centre.

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6. Subject Guides

Subject Guides are curated by your Liaison Librarian--a librarian who is an expert in the resources you need in your subject area. They are a list of resources likely to be useful for students doing research in your subject area. Subject Guides contain recommended databases, websites, books and periodicals, as well as information on citation styles and other research resources. They're a great place to start your research!

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7. Citations

Stumped about citations? We're here to help! Visit Citation Styles for guidance on the different types of styles; your instructor will tell you which style is needed for your assignment. You can also visit any campus library and a librarian can help you find the resources you need to learn how to cite like an expert.

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8. Book study rooms

Study rooms are available at all our library locations for KPU students. You have to reserve a room online, and can book up to 2 hours per day. If you have to do group work, they are a great place to work on a project or study together. If you're after some peace and quiet, all of our libraries have designated quiet study areas as well. 

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9. Food & Drink

Covered drinks are permitted in all campus libraries. Light snacks are permitted in the Langley and Tech locations. Food is allowed on the 1st floor of the Surrey Library EXCEPT in the Computer Labs, in the Special Collections Room and near computer areas. Covered drinks are allowed on all floors but no food is allowed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Surrey Library. No food is allowed in the Richmond Library. 

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10. Print, copy, scan

Campus libraries are home to many MFDs (Multi-functional devices) that can scan, photocopy, and print.  You can also scan files onto your USB or have the files sent to your KPU email address! Scanning is free of charge, and printing and photocopying is priced per page.  

You use your KPU card to activate the MFDS; tap the black scanner to the right of the screen on the machine with your card to begin. To load funds to your balance, click on the Papercut icon on any KPU computer desktop or visit any library service desk.

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11. Computers

All campus libraries have computers for student use; all you need is your KPU username and password. Use the computers to do things like write a paper, access the internet, conduct research, and print.  TIP: Don't forget to save your work on a USB drive, or email yourself your document(s) before you end your session. Once you log out of the computer, you cannot access any files you left on the desktop or hard drive--they are wiped clean after each session. 

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12. Fines

If you return items late, fines start to accrue on your account--the amount per hour/day depends on the type of item.  Be careful! If you have outstanding fees on your account, you may not be able to register for courses or obtain transcripts, and if you owe over $25 you cannot borrow more library items until the balance is settled. It is best to pay outstanding fees promptly. 

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