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COVID-19 Library Service Information: Library Collections

Library Collections

Can I still borrow books (or course textbooks, course reserves, DVDs, laptops, media items, etc.)?

No, we are not lending any physical items until further notice.

You can check the SAIT Bookstore to see if your course has an e-textbook for purchase.


Can I access library resources online? How do I do this?

Yes, many of our resources such as e-books, journal articles, videos and our subject guides are available online. You may be asked to sign in to access these resources.

If you experience problems signing in, please contact us


Can I still request interlibrary loans (ILL)?

You can request ILLs and we will do our best to fulfill them. Currently, some of our partner institutions are still taking requests for articles and other items that can be delivered digitally. We are not currently lending books or any other physical items and physical interlibrary materials will not be available either.

If you’re an institution requesting material from our library, you can place the request and we’ll try to fulfill it, but we're limited to digital resources.


Can I place a hold on an item to pick up later?

No. We will not be accepting or processing hold requests until we return to normal operations.

Also, hold requests normally expire after 60 days. So, if you have an existing hold it may expire before we return to normal operations. You can follow up on your hold requests when the library is again open to the public.


I’m a Distance Student. Can I request library materials be mailed to me?

Currently, we cannot fulfill requests from Distance Students for physical items (such as books or DVDs). If such an item is required for an assignment or other course work, contact your instructor for an alternative online resource.

If you are an instructor, your library liaison can help locate electronic resources to replace physical materials.

As noted above, you can still access many library resources online.

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