Thursday, December 24, 2015

Conversation Club (January 11 – February 11)

Practice your speaking and listening skills at the Library's Drop-in Conversation Club (MC 008) beginning January 11 to February 11.

Mondays (January 11 – February 8) between noon and 1pm
Thursday (January 7- February 11) between 5pm and 6pm

A variety of interesting and fun topics are discussed.

Students have the opportunity to learn about:
  • some of the library resources and services that are available
  • other great student resources that are offered at SAIT
Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Great Children's Books!

Winnie the Pooh! The Runaway Bunny! The Hunger Games!

What do these stories have in common? They are all available for loan at the Library.

Do you have little ones you read to at home? Or do you simply just enjoy picture books for kids?

Well if so, you are in luck!

We have revamped and beefed up our juvenile and children’s collections with Caldecott and Newbery award winning picture books, and best-selling children’s stories.

We have contemporary novels and the classics.

You will find lots of hidden treasures that may surprise you and
warm your heart.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Holiday Hours Update

Throughout this holiday season, the Library will be open on a limited schedule.

Our hours of operation will be:

December 14 – 17 (Monday to Thursday)
7:30am – 11pm
December 18 (Friday)
7:30am to 9pm
December 19 – 20 (Saturday & Sunday)
We are closed.
December 21 – 23 (Monday to Wednesday)
8am – 5pm
December 24 (Thursday)
8am – 12noon
December 25 – January 3
We are closed.

The Library will reopen on Monday, January 4.

We look forward to seeing you in 2016!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Did you know ...

That the International Centre at SAIT has been around for almost 50 years?

During the 1960s, SAIT became a popular choice among students from outside of Canada.  In October 1965, SAIT students held a meeting to see if there was any interest in forming a club for international students.  The response was overwhelmingly positive.  In 1966, the International Student’s club organized for the first time and a student handbook was prepared which provided students with important information about campus services and activities.  The Club eventually became the International Centre.

To date, the Centre has recruited students from 156 countries and currently has 1262 students from 89 different countries represented in both academic and language programs.  The top five countries represented at the Centre are China, South Korea, Vietnam, India and Nigeria.

The Centre provides many valuable services for the students including admissions assistance, transcript assessment and international student orientation.  There is also a fully qualified immigration consultant to assist with all immigration enquiries. The International Centre has a recruitment team that travels extensively throughout the year; attending fairs, visiting high schools, meeting with SAIT approved educational consultants for trading and recruitment purposes.  The team also meets with Alberta trade commissioners and Canadian government trade commissioners.

To help students adjust to their new surroundings, they also organize many activities and events including a trip to Banff,  ice skating, snow tubing and a Christmas lunch.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Great Library Resources for Apprentices

Apprentice students need to know about these great library services and resources:

Library privileges for apprentices begin on the first days of class and expire on the last day of class.

A valid student ID and Library PIN are required to access specialized databases such as:

Check out these online services at

Valuable industrial standards and codes are available.
  • A wide variety of industrial standards such as ASTM, AWA, and ASME can be found in our Standards Collection.
  • National Building Codes are available online through IHS Standards Expert.
  • CSA Online contains the entire collection of CSA (Canadian Standard Association) standards and related documents, including the Canadian Electrical Code.
  • Environmental guidelines and safety standards such as NFPA and Canadian envirOSH Legislation (CCOHS) are also available online.

The Library also has:
  • Study rooms and work space
  • Computers and wireless networking
  • Photocopying, printers, laminating and binding equipment
  • Laptops, cameras, cell phone chargers and other software are available for short term loans.

Most importantly, remember our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to help you!

Friday, December 4, 2015

De-stress Fest (December 7th - 10th)

Sometimes, everyone finds themselves too stressed to think. Maybe it's time to take a moment to unplug and recharge. We are presenting a De-stress Fest from December 7th - 10th.

The Library is  happy to be collaborating with SAITSA, the Lamb Learner Success Centre and Student Development & Counselling to offer some great resources for students as they get closer to exam time.
We will have:
  • Podcast listening station: Student Development & Counselling have created some great podcasts on relaxing, stress management and other related topics.
  • Free tea & snacks
  • Free earplugs with helpful study tips attached
  • Test taking and study strategy handouts
  • Support from an Academic Coach (available on one of the evening, TBD)
  • Puzzles and/or take-away craft kits
  • Post-it inspiration wall that asks "What's your study inspiration?"
  • Citation support

This event will run from 5:00 - 7:00pm, Monday through Thursday, in the fiction area of the Library.

Your academic success is very important to us!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Library Events

In December, the Library has lots of exciting displays and activities planned for students and staff who want to take to a break and relax a bit.  

This is what we are presenting: 





December 1 – 11


Red Dress Campaign

MC 111

December 1 – 18


MC 111

December 1 – 18


Great Gingerbread Challenge

Library Computer Commons

December 1 – 4


MC 111

December 2

5 – 7pm

Library Computer Commons

December 3

5 – 6pm

MC 008

December 3

11am – 1pm

Board Game Break

MC 111

December 3

11am – 1pm

Master Chess Tournament

MC 111

December 7 – December 10

5 – 7pm

De-Stress Fest

MC 111

December 7 – December 10

11am – 1pm

Apprentice Awareness Week

Aldred Centre & Thomas Riley Building

December 9

5 – 7pm

Library Computer Commons
December 19 – December 24


Holiday Hours

MC 111

Please feel free to stop to see our exhibitions or relieve some of the Christmas stress by attending one of our events.