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Welcome to the SFU Library!

We offer a wide range of services to our community. See below for quick introductory information -- or Ask a librarian!

Library Services for students, faculty, alumni, and other community members

SFU students

Undergraduate students

For a quick overview on facilities, collections, and services for undergraduates on all three campuses, see our Undergraduate students guide.

Graduate students

SFU Library's Research Commons supports the research endeavours of the University community, with particular focus on graduate students during all stages of the research lifecycle. For an introduction to Library services for grad students, see our Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows guide.

Aboriginal / Indigenous students

The SFU Library welcomes Aboriginal students, faculty and staff, and visitors. To find out more about our services, start with our Aboriginal/Indigenous students guide.

Students with disabilities

The SFU Library provides materials in alternate formats, adaptive technology, bookable study rooms, and other services to students with disabilities. To find out more, or to contact us, see our Services for students with disabilities guide.

Other students

See also our guides for Distance education students, International students, Mature students, and Non-credit students.

Or Ask a librarian if you need more information.

SFU faculty

The SFU Library offers a suite of research, collections, and teaching support to faculty. Contact our departmental librarians for an introduction to Library services and resources.

SFU alumni

Welcome back! We encourage SFU Alumni to continue their use of Library resources and services in their pursuit of life-long learning opportunities. See our Alumni guide to find out more.

Fraser International College (FIC)

We are pleased to provide support to Fraser International College instructors as well as to Fraser International College students. Welcome to the SFU Library!

External borrowers

Individual external borrowers and companies

Many SFU Library services are available to individual external borrowers (the general public), as well as to companies (through a Corporate / External Organisation Borrower card).

International Baccalaureate / Secondary school teachers and students

The SFU Library also welcomes International Baccalaureate / Secondary school teachers and their students by offering library cards to students, as well as hosting class visits. Contact us in advance to find out more.

UniverCity residents

UniverCity residents are welcome to use books and other library resources within the SFU Library branches at Burnaby (Bennett Library), Vancouver (Belzberg Library) and Surrey (SFU Surrey Library).

Community Scholars

In partnership with Mindset Social Innovation Foundation, the SFU Library is piloting the Community Scholar Program to provide leaders in charitable and non-profit organisations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields.

Research assistance and instruction

The SFU Library's Reference services are available in person at all three campuses as well as online. For research help day or night, start with Library research guides, created by librarian subject experts.

Writing a term paper? The Assignment Calculator is a time management tool to help you break down your writing assignments into a series of steps -- and also provides links to more resources for every stage of the writing process.

We also offer orientation and classes in Library research. Discover Your Library workshops are offered at the start of term to get you started, or see our Schedule of Library classes for listings of workshops offered by the Library, Student Learning Commons, and Research Commons.

Accessing research materials

Borrowing

See the Borrowing Library materials guide for more information on library cards, loan periods, intercampus delivery, reserves, and interlibrary loans (document delivery service). 

SFU faculty, staff, and students also have borrowing privileges for the 22 university libraries that make up the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL). See the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement for details.

Distance students, students in the Faculty of Education, students in the Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership program, and some other students are also eligible for Telebook, an SFU Library service that delivers library materials to the home of eligible library patrons.

Tools for easier access to online resources

Off campus access bookmarklet

SFU Library LibX Browser Plugin

Current awareness resources

The Research Commons provides access and assistance with a range of Current awareness resources, including search alerts and Browzine.