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Welcome New Students: First Time Here

COVID-19 Update

Library Service during COVID-19

Most of our services can be accessed online through kpu.ca/library.

Our buildings are open and KPU students and employees can browse for library material, receive service at our Service Desks, and use study space and computers in our general areas. Assistance from Librarians can still be accessed online through Ask Us. Our study rooms are currently unavailable.  

Check out KPU Library COVID-19 Response Guide for up to date information about changes to library services.  We ask that you adhere to University pandemic policies while in our spaces. 

If you need assistance, you can chat, call, text or email the library.  We welcome your questions!

Welcome New Students

Library Resources for Students

So you're new to KPU

What's the Library for?

The library is where you can get books, articles and other resources for your assignments--and most of our collection is online! It is also the place to get your KPU Card. You can easily get help from librarians and library staff remotely. Common questions we hear are: How do I cite in MLA? Where can I get this book? Can you help me find articles for my research paper?  

The library is also the place to study, access computers and printers, borrow equipment, and browse the collection. Unfortunately, our study rooms are currently unavailable.

How do I ask for help?

There are many ways you can get help from librarians and library staff. You can chat, call, text or email us. Our Service Desks are open and librarians will be available at our Reference Desks for fall semester. Please ask us questions! Each subject area has a librarian who is familiar with the resources and topics, and you can even contact them directly.  

I have my first assignment. Where do I start? 

The first time you have to research using a university library can be daunting. Begin by watching the 'Library Resources for Students' video on this page. It gives you the basics on how to search, where to start your research, and how to navigate some of our resources. Still overwhelmed? That's ok. You can chat, call, text or email us and we can communicate one-on-one and help you through your questions. 

How to get your KPU Card

How do I get my KPU Card?

You apply for your KPU Card through KPU Library. Your KPU Card is your student ID and is also needed to borrow physical library material. Some instructors require it for exams.

Here’s how to get your KPU Card from the library:

  1. New students are eligible to get their KPU Card 1 month before their class start date. Apply online with a photo at https://www.kpu.ca/library/kpu-card. The library will email you once your KPU Card is ready. It can sometimes take a few days.
  2. Visit the campus library you selected as your pick-up location once you receive confirmation your KPU Card is ready. Make sure to bring government issued photo ID.

Expert tip: Avoid the start of semester lines and help us manage volume! You can apply for and pick up your card anytime during the semester.