My Library Account

Library card

Concordia students, staff and faculty:
Your Concordia ID card is your Library card

Users from other Quebec universities:
Your institution's ID card is your Library card

Concordia alumni:
Your Alumni card is your Library card

Affiliated users from the external community:
Library Privilege Card or your ID from your home institution

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Signing in

Go to the Sofia Discovery tool, click on the "Sign In" button in the top right corner.

Concordia community: Log in with your Concordia netname and password.

Users from other Quebec universities: Log in with the credentials from your home institution.

Alumni: Once you receive your Alumni card, visit the Loans & Returns desk at the Webster Library or Circulation desk at the Vanier Library to register for a library account, at which time a barcode sticker will be applied to your alumni card. You will be able to log into your Library Account with this barcode number.

Affiliated users from the external community: Log in with the barcode on your Library Privilege Card or the barcode on the ID card from your home institution (this is determined during registration).

Your online Library Account shows the items you have borrowed and due dates/times for these items. You can see the status of any holds or requests, pay your fines, see your saved searches, etc.

More information about the My Account feature in the Sofia Discovery tool.

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Email address

The Library will send you an email when:

  • Books you have requested are ready for pickup;
  • Items you have borrowed have been requested by another user or recalled; and/or
  • We have important Library information to communicate.

Which email address does the Library use?

Concordia students: We use the email address registered in your My CU Account. You can change this in My CU Account.

Concordia staff, faculty and part-time faculty: We use the email from your account in Carrefour's My CU Account. We receive new email addresses from HR on a bi-weekly basis.

All other users (alumni, etc.): When you register for your Library Privilege Card, you will need to provide us with your email address. To change the email address, just contact us (lib-circulation@concordia.ca).

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External Community Registration


Students, staff and faculty from Concordia or other Québec universities can use their respective institutional ID cards to borrow from the Library. Members of the external community need a Library Privilege Card in order to borrow items.

To obtain a Library Privilege Card, you must bring the documents required for your user group to either the Loans & Returns desk at the Webster Library or the Circulation desk at the Vanier Library. Once your user group is confirmed you will be asked to complete an online registration form, accessible at the bottom of this page. Please do not fill in the form before visiting one of the two circulation desks.

Documentation required for obtaining a Library Privilege Card

Alumni (Concordia)

  • Bring your Alumni ID card to the Library to get a barcode sticker for your Alumni ID card
  • No expiry date for library privileges
  • No access to subscribed resources from off campus

BAnQ users

  • If you have already registered at another Quebec University Library you will not need to register at Concordia, but you will still need to show your letter of introduction from the BAnQ (see next point) to borrow material
  • Bring a letter of introduction from a BAnQ librarian stating a legitimate need for Concordia Library resources and valid personal ID* to the Library to get your Library Privilege Card
  • Library privileges are valid until September 30 following the date of issue
  • No access to subscribed resources from off campus

Board of Governors, Concordia

  • The library administration office issues Library Privilege Cards to each member of the board of governors
  • Library privileges are valid for the duration of the member's term on the board
  • May access subscribed library resources from off campus with a barcode and PIN

Canadian (non-Quebec) university staff, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students

  • If you have already registered at another Quebec University Library you will not need to register at Concordia
  • Bring the introduction card issued by OCUL/COPPUL/CAUL-CBUA, and valid student or staff/faculty ID from your home institution to the Library to register. Your new library account will be linked to your institutional ID or you will be issued a Library Privilege Card
  • Library privileges are valid until September 30 following the date of issue
  • No access to subscribed resources from off campus

Continuing Education students (Concordia)

This applies to students enrolled in at least one Concordia Continuing Education course of 20 hours duration or more; otherwise, the student must register as a member of the general public.

  • You have the same privileges as current Concordia undergraduate students
  • Your Concordia ID card is your Library card, you need this card to borrow material from the library
  • The expiry date for library privileges depends on the semester in which you are registered
  • May access subscribed library resources from off campus (with netname)

CEGEP faculty and students and Loyola High School faculty and students

  • For CEGEP faculty with a BCI card: If you have already registered at another Quebec University Library you will not need to register at Concordia
  • Bring your valid ID card issued by the home institution and a letter of introduction (student template or faculty template) from the home institution's librarian indicating legitimate need for library services at Concordia and including contact information in case fines are incurred (or, for faculty, a BCI card)
  • Library privileges are valid for the current academic session (or, if with BCI card, until September 30 following the date of issue)
  • No access to subscribed resources from off campus

General public, members of

  • $50 (non-refundable) and valid personal ID*
  • Library privileges are valid for 3 months from the date of issue
  • No access to subscribed resources from off campus

Research assistants and associates

For access to library services please email lib-circulation@concordia.ca with the following information:

  • Your letter of invitation to Concordia
  • Your Netname (this is for off campus access to Concordia Library's online resources and should be obtained by the sponsoring department)
  • You may be asked to have the Request for Library Privileges form signed by the Chair of your affiliated department or the Department Coordinator, but it is no longer required in all cases and you will be informed if it is necessary after contacting the above email address

Library privileges are the same as for Concordia University community members and are valid for the time period stated in your letter of invitation or requested by the sponsoring department.

Visiting scholars, professors, and librarians

For access to library services please email lib-circulation@concordia.ca with the following information:

  • Your letter of invitation to Concordia
  • Your Netname (this is for off campus access to Concordia Library's online resources and should be obtained by the sponsoring department)
  • You may be asked to have the Request for Library Privileges form signed by the Chair of your affiliated department or the Department Coordinator, but it is no longer required in all cases and you will be informed if it is necessary after contacting the above email address

Library privileges are the same as for Concordia University community members and are valid for the time period stated in your letter of invitation or requested by the sponsoring department.

CRIM (Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal), members of

  • Bring a valid ID card (with photo) issued by CRIM to the Library to receive your Library Privilege Card
  • Library privileges are valid for the current academic session
  • No access to subscribed resources from off campus

Honorary PhD lifetime member

  • Bring valid personal ID* to the Library to receive your Library Privilege Card
  • Your name must appear on a membership list issued by the appropriate office or organization
  • No expiry date for library privileges
  • May access subscribed library resources from off campus with a barcode and PIN

MacDonald Stewart Foundation, members of

  • Bring valid personal ID* to the Library to receive your Library Privilege Card
  • The applicant's name must appear on a membership list issued by the appropriate office or organization
  • Library privileges are valid for one year
  • No access to subscribed resources from off campus

TESL Centre Cooperating Teachers

  • Your name must appear on the list issued by the TESL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) unit (Department of Education) and you must bring a valid personal ID* to the Library to receive a Library Privilege Card
  • Library privileges are valid until the end of the academic session in progress at the time of issue
  • No access to subscribed resources from off campus

* Valid personal ID: A driver's license with an address or photo ID with some proof of residence (e.g., utility bill).

External Community Registration Form

The following registration form has two functions: it allows you to input your contact information to create a library account, and it allows you to give your consent regarding how this information will be used - note that Concordia's library system is shared with the Partenariat des bibliothèques universitaires du Québec (Quebec University Library Partnership).

Please speak to staff at either Webster Library's Loans & Returns Desk or Vanier Library's Circulation Desk before completing the following form so as to confirm what borrower category to select and to make sure you have the required documentation to complete the registration process. This form is only accessible on campus:

Concordia Library - External Community Registration

After filling out the form, you should receive a confirmation email. Please visit the nearest circulation desk once this step is completed.

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Updated: Tuesday 3 May 2022
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