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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.

Community Borrowers 

Community borrowers are people that are not currently students or staff members at SAIT, but have borrowing privileges at the Library. Community borrowers typically use either a SAIT Alumni Card or The Alberta Library (TAL) card. 

To become a community borrower you must visit our Information Desk, in person, and provide:

  • A valid Alumni or TAL Card
  • Proof of address (such as a driver's license)
  • A phone number
  • An email address 

Community borrowers can borrow most of our books and some small electronic items, like phone chargers. You are not able to borrow cameras, laptops or related peripherals. You must present your Alumni or TAL card each time you borrow from us. See Borrowing Materials for lending rules, information on fines and more.

You also cannot access e-books or other e-resources from off-campus. Though, depending on licensing agreements with our vendors, many of those resources are available to you in the Library. Other services, such as booking study rooms or interlibrary loan, are restricted to students and staff from SAIT.

You can check when items are due on your Library Account. When a community user account is first creaed you will be given a temporary password for your online Library Account. When you login to your account you will be prompted to choose a new password. After this the account is self-managed. Library staff cannot look up or reset your account password.  

You can check-in at theLibrary's Information Desk and present a piece of ID to use one of our guest computers while visiting the library. Guest computer use is limited to two hours per day. Community members may also freely access the SAIT Guest WiFi network.  Printing and copying is not available to community borrowers. 

Community membership expires on the date set on your card or after one year, which ever is less. You can renew your community membership by presenting a valid Alumni or TAL card.

Alumni Card

Due to changes in on-campus operations, the Alumni Office is not currently issuing new Alumni Cards to SAIT graduates. If you don't already have an Alumni Card and would like to borrow from the Reg Erhardt Library, you can get The Alberta Library (TAL) card from most public and academic libraries in the province.

Alumni Cards are issued to graduates of SAIT programs by the Alumni Office. Only this office can determine whether a graduate is eligable for the Alumni Card.

The Alberta Library (TAL) Cards

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. You can get a TAL Card from any participating library in Alberta, if you are already a member there.

Current SAIT faculty, staff and students in good standing are eligible for a TAL Card they can use at participating libraries. To register, bring your SAIT e-Card to the Library's Information Desk. 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 which the material was borrowed.

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