Dear Husky: How do I print?

Dear Husky,

I’m a second-year history student, and my professor just told me I have to print out my essay and hand in a physical copy in class this semester. Eek! I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it but I’ve never printed anything at SMU before! I tried to figure it out on my own but I’m super confused. Can you show me how?



Hi Stuck, Husky Here!

There’s absolutely no need to be embarrassed. Printing off of the university printers can be confusing! You’re not the only one to struggle.

Printing at SMU is not at all like printing on a home computer. Here, we’ve got all sorts of computers printing to a whole network of printers! So when you print at the library,  it gets added to a queue- that means a sort of digital “lineup”.

To print from a library computer, you’ll need to log in using your S-number, SMU email, and password.

Once you’ve logged in to a computer, find the document you want to print. The easiest way to do that is to email it to yourself, or to save it in your Microsoft OneDrive.

To print at the library, it costs ten cents a page. We have a system called PaperCut where you can add funds that are just for printing.  When you log in to a computer, it will show up automatically, displaying the amount of funds you have on your account. You can add funds using a debit or credit card.

This will show up when you log in! Make sure you have money in your account.

Once you’ve made sure you have money in your account, head to your document and hit the “Print” icon.

It will show you a list of printer options that look like this.

Select STUDENT-BW on SMU-LabPrint, hit “print”, then head to the printers!

The printers look like this.

Enter your Snumber on the black keypad, then hit enter! The printer will release your document.

You did it! Congratulations.

Hope this helped! If you have any more questions about printing, don’t hesitate to reach out to library staff.

Your loyal guide dog,


The Library is open Extended Hours!

Need some extra study time? We’ve got you covered! The Library is open extended hours from now until exams.

April 1-10 – End of term

Mon-Fri: 8am-11pm

Sat: 10am-11pm

Sun:  12pm-11pm

Open regular hours Good Friday and Easter Monday

April 11-21 – Exam Period

Mon-Fri: 8am-11pm

Sat: 8am-11pm

Sun: 10am-11pm

April 22-May 7 – Intersession

Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm

Sat-Sun: closed

Welcome to your Patrick Power Library

Hey there, new and returning SMUdents! The start of Fall Semester is almost here and we want to welcome you to Saint Mary’s University and your Patrick Power Library! We’ve lined up some events throughout Welcome Weeks and September to invite you to learn more about the library and how library services will support your academic career — keep reading to learn more. We hope to see you there!

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Help prepare students for university level research with library instruction

The Patrick Power Library is here to assist instructors and help Saint Mary’s University students develop information literacy skills such as the ability to seek, retrieve, evaluate and use information sources. Library instruction opportunities include Academic Integrity Foundations, ResearchBase, and information literacy classes customized for individual courses and assignments.

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Brief disruption to Library services May 9-17

As part of the Novanet Consortium of libraries, the SMU Library is updating its online catalogue. While we prepare for the updates to go live, there will be a brief disruption in library services from May 9-17. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we upgrade the Library’s catalogue.

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Winter 2022 exam hours and activities

Happy last day of Winter Term 2022, SMUdents! As you take on exams, we’re here for you. From free study snacks and massages to assignment help services, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for information about activities, hours and services during exams.

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Journals and databases for researching Black history and scholarship

February is African Heritage Month and Black History Month, but we know research about Black history and scholarship isn’t confined to one month of the year. The SMU Library has resources to support your research on these topics year round.

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Read a Challenged Book During Freedom to Read Week

February 20-26 is Freedom to Read week, a celebration of the fundamental rights to intellectual freedom and freedom from censorship. Both rights are guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and are strongly supported by libraries across Canada.

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Dear Husky,

I feel like I’ve tried everything. Why is my login not working?

Locked Out


Hi Locked Out,

If you’re wondering why your login isn’t working, you’re not alone.

If you’ve felt the frustrations of trying to (unsuccessfully!) login, don’t despair! Ask yourself: what are you trying to do/log into? Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish, you may need a different combination of numbers and passwords.

Let’s start with your Library Account.

To log in to your Library Account (renew books, place holds, order books, etc.) your username will be the barcode number on your SMU ID card, and the default password will be the last four digits of your phone number. If we don’t have a phone number on file for you, your password will be 0000. You can also use you’re A-number and the associated password to login to your library account.

What you will need to login:

Username: Barcode number on your SMU ID card.

Password: Last four digits of your phone number. 

If you have any issues logging in to your library account, you can email for help.

Next up is your Computer Account. 

To log in to your computer account (which lets you access library databases off campus*, Brightspace, SMUport, printing, etc.) you will need to use your S number and the password associated with your S number.

Please *note that if you try to log in to the SMU library databases off campus and fail to successfully login 10 times in 5 minutes, you will be locked out for 20 minutes. The lockout is connected to your computer, so attempting to login use your friend’s S number on the same device will not work. You’ll have to wait 30 minutes before trying to log in again.

You may be wondering, okay, what if I’ve forgotten my S number and password? If you’ve forgotten your S number or password, you can re-activate your account using your A-number and PIN at the following link.

If you have any issues, you can also contact the EIT Help Desk at 902-496-8111 during their hours of operation or send them an email at

Last (but not least!) is Banner.  

To log on to Banner (register for classes, pay tuition, etc.) you will need to use your A number and the associated PIN number. Your A-number starts with the letter “A” and is followed by eight digits (ex. A12345678). It will sometimes be referred to as your Banner ID. Your default PIN number is your date of birth in the format of DDMMYY – for example, the PIN for someone with the birthday January 2nd 2003 would be 020103.

What you will need to login:

Username: A-number / Banner ID

Password: Your PIN number.

If you have any issues logging in, or have forgotten your A-number, you can contact the EIT Help Desk at 902-496-8111 during their hours of operation or send them an email at  

Whew! That’s a lot to remember! No wonder it can seem daunting to access what you need. However, logging on to your Saint Mary’s University platforms gets a lot easier when you know the right information to use. Don’t forget- if all else fails, you can always reach out the Research Help Team at the Library. They can help you figure out how to proceed.

Good luck!


New to SMU? Apply for your ID card today!

Lots of cars outside the residence building as move-in day commences, circa 2006.
Move-in day circa 2006.

Ah, move-in weekend.

The excitement!

The chaos!

The- hey, where’s your ID card?

Uh oh- did you forget to apply online, well in advance?

Your university ID card is so many things- your library card, your bus pass, your meal card for on-campus dining, and your ticket into the Homburg Centre (the gym), among other things. So, it’s a pretty important thing to have with you when you start at SMU!

This year, you’ll need to apply for your ID card through our online form by August 3 in order to pick it up on campus when you arrive. If you apply after August 3, or wait until you arrive on campus (yikes!), you’ll have a wait while we process your request- delaying your ability to access all the services your card allows.

Don’t let this be you! Be proactive and apply now. And don’t be shy- if you need help, just Ask Us. We’re happy to walk you through the process!