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alumni services

We offer the following services to SFU Alumni:

Research assistance for alumni

SFU librarians are always happy to help alumni with their research, such as:

  • recommending particular resources for finding information on your topic
  • suggesting the best strategy to approach your research question
  • helping with search techniques
  • helping you track down hard-to-find items.

Ask a Librarian for help with your research.

Books and journals for alumni

SFU Library carries over 1.5 million books and thousands of journals. Alumni are able to:

  • Borrow books, generally for three weeks
  • Request books that are out on loan to other users
  • Request books be transferred between branches

See our full Alumni borrowing privileges for more information.

Electronic resources for alumni

On campus

Most online resources (e-books, journals, and database) are available at SFU Library branches, by using one of the library workstations. Logging in to Library Computers.

Visit us at W.A.C Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby), the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver), and Fraser Library (SFU Surrey). 

Off campus

Browse your subject to see our resources for alumni from each field. Use your SFU ID to log in.

Primary Sources

American West
Papers of early pioneers, explorers and hunters, including items such as the original manuscript journal and papers of James Audubon. Canada and the Pacific Northwest are well documented including accounts of the Gold Rush and of the landscape.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980
Unique manuscript material relating to the activities and observations of British and American diplomats, missionaries, business people and tourists in China from 1793 to 1980.

Defining Gender 1450-1910: Five Centuries of Advice Literature Online
Digital collection covering advice literature to women, 1450 to 1910.

Early Canadiana Online
More than 3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in literature, women's history, native studies, travel and exploration, and the history of French Canada.

Eighteenth Century Journals I & II
Rare printed journals, periodicals and newspapers published between 1693 and 1835 illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life.

Empire Online
Over 70,000 images of original manuscripts and printed material, 1492-1969, taken from libraries and archives around the world, including Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Oceania, and South Asia. Currently divided into five thematic sections: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969; Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire; The Visible Empire; Religion and Empire; Race, Class, imperialism and Colonialism.

Mass Observation Online
Everyday British life in the 1930s and 1940s, papers of the Mass Observations Organization.

Medieval Travel Writing
Medieval manuscripts from libraries around the world and dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The main focus is accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China.

Meiji Japan
The collections of Edward S. Morse. The collection is divided into twelve main series: Correspondence; Diaries; Scrapbooks; Natural History; Archaeology Field Work; Ethnology; Japanese Pottery; Lectures; Publications; Inventions; Materials Collected by Morse; and Financial Records.

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700
Manuscripts written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Points to the Past (Free to residents of British Columbia)
Includes primary source material: maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems, and more from Gale Digital Collections. 

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490 - 2007
Resource on trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition brings together original manuscript and rare printed material from dozens of libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. This resource provides access to many thousands of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images.


Business Expert Press
Bsiness e-books.

Sustainable Organization Library
E-books and journals in sustainability, CSR, corporate governance, ethics, environmental policy and management. 

Arts and Social Sciences

Erudit Journals
French language journals, covering a wide range of disciplines in the human, social and natural sciences

Project MUSE Journals
Full-text collection of over 110 humanities and social science journals

Project Muse E books
Ebooks from a variety of disciplines including, Film, Theatre and Performing Arts; Global Cultural Studies; Higher Education; History; Language and Linguistics; Literature; Middle Eastern Studies; Political Science and Policy Studies; Native American and Indigenous Studies; and Russian and Eastern European Studies.

Our Multidisciplinary collections also contain many ebooks and journals related to Arts and Social Sciences.


Institute of Physics (IOP) Journals (available to alumni from within Canada only)
Institute of Physics' Electronic Journals archive. The archive includes over 172,000 articles and 1,000 volume-years of journals, starting with the Proceedings of the Physical Society of London in 1874.

Sustainable Organization Library
E-books and journals in sustainability, CSR, corporate governance, ethics, environmental policy and management. 

Open Access

Open Access resources are free to read on the open internet. They allow anyone to read and research, for free, from anywhere. In January 2017, SFU Senate endorsed the Open Access Policy (OAP) acknowledging the commitment of SFU faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows to share the products of their SFU research with the broadest possible audience. 

Ways to find Open Access material: