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Library Cards

The Reg Erhardt Library has a variety of library cards for use by our patrons. All borrowers must have a current library account to borrow materials and access other resources.

Borrowers can log into their library account to place requests, see return dates or (for studends and staff) access e-resources. See the Library Accounts guide for more information.

You can see our lending rules on the Borrowing Materials page. Borrowers using TAL or Alumni Cards are referred to as Community Borrowers for lending and other policies.

SAIT eCard

The SAIT eCard is the preferred library card for use by SAIT students and staff to borrow materials from the library.

Part-time and distance students are entitled to a SAIT eCard from the eCard Office. The Library may issue a temporary library card to part-time and distance students who cannot easily get a SAIT eCard. Contract staff and faculty may also be issued a temporary library card.

Expiry of eCard privileges

Students can access library resources while their classes are in session. Library privileges will expire on the last day of scheduled classes or upon withdrawal from SAIT.

Permanent staff and faculty retain library privileges until they leave SAIT.

Contract staff and faculty have library privileges for the period of their current contract.

For students, this may mean that you will loose library privileges while between classes or over the winter and summer breaks. For contract staff, you may have a lapse in access while waiting for Employee Services to complete your contract. Unfortunately, the Library cannot extend library privileges beyond the expiry dates provided by the Office of the Registrar or Employee Services.

Alumni Card

Due to recent changes in on-campus operations we have had to indefinitely suspend use of Alumni Cards for borrowing. We hope to restart community borrowing with the TAL Card (see below) later in the year. 

The Alberta Library (TAL) Cards

The TAL Card program is currently suspended. 

The TAL Card allows users, sponsored by a home library, to borrow materials from libraries across Alberta. You may return materials borrowed with your TAL Card to any member library.

Current SAIT faculty, staff and students in good standing are eligible for a free TAL Card. You can use your TAL Card to borrow materials from any participating library in Alberta. To register just bring your SAIT ID card to the library's Information Desk.

You can search member libraries through talonline.ca. Each library has slightly different rules regarding TAL borrowers. Be sure to check on borrowing policies at the library you are borrowing from.

You are responsible for any materials borrowed from a TAL library. Fines and other charges must be paid directly to the library from where the material was borrowed.

Visitors to SAIT

We are currently focused on providing services to SAIT students and staff. Therefore, we are not offering services or lending to TAL patrons. We hope to review this policy later in the year.

Visitors can use TAL cards issued by other libraries to to borrow select library materials from the Reg Erhardt Library.

To begin borrowing, bring your TAL card to the Library's Information Desk, along with a valid library card from your home library and proof of your current address. You must also provide an email address and phone number to create your library account.

You can access our e-resources while visiting the library, though our license agreements may prevent you from using select products. TAL borrowers do not have off-campus access to e-resources.

Borrowers must present their TAL card each time they borrow from the Library.

Expiry of TAL Card privileges

TAL Cards expire on the date set by your home library.

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