About the Research Commons

SFU Library's Research Commons partners with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to build research capacity, community, and expertise across disciplines.


Expert help, from anywhere: we’re available over email, phone, and videoconference.

Contact us at research-commons@sfu.ca, or reach out to the expert for your area.

Need software support? Want to talk about data analysis? Have a question about writing, publishing, or sharing your research? Get in touch!

 The Research Commons locations and spaces 

The Research Commons contributes to the ongoing success of SFU’s graduate researchers and postdoctoral fellows by providing a comfortable and inspiring space in which to work and offering services that directly support research. 

Research Commons at W.A.C. Bennett Library in Burnaby

Visit the Research Commons at Burnaby on the 7th floor of SFU Burnaby's W.A.C. Bennett Library

W.A.C. Bennett Library
Room 7000
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC  V5A 1S6


Research Commons in Vancouver

The Research Commons at Vancouver is on the 7th floor of SFU Vancouver's Harbour Centre campus. (See the RC floorplan.) 

Harbour Centre
Room HC 7050
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 5K3​​​​


Our spaces offer:

  • wireless access
  • spacious workstations
  • a printing station
  • bookable individual and group consultation rooms
  • areas for discussion and relaxation.


The Research Commons is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment, in alignment with SFU Library’s Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

If you require any accommodations in order to fully access and participate in Research Commons workshops, spaces, and/or events, please contact us directly at research-commons@sfu.ca. All communication will be kept confidential. Please contact us as early as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL).

Please also see the SFU Library page detailing accessibility and inclusion services.

Physical accessibility of the Research Commons spaces

The Research Commons at Burnaby is accessible to those with mobility aids, including wheelchairs and scooters:

  • There are elevators in Bennett Library that will take you to the 7th floor.
  • We do not have an automatic door, but you can ring the doorbell for access.

The Research Commons at Vancouver is accessible to those with mobility aids, including wheelchairs and scooters: 

  • There are elevators in Harbour Centre that will take you to the 7th floor.
  • You can use the automatic door function after entering the door code.


SFU supports a scent-free environment as scented products can trigger health concerns for some people.

Standing desks

The Research Commons at Burnaby features 2 sit-stand desks. 

The Research Commons at Vancouver features 4 sit-stand desks with Mac workstations and 12 sit-stand desks with dual-monitor Dell workstations. 


Accessible, all-gender washrooms are available on floors one, four, and seven of Bennett Library.

Accessible, gendered and all-gender washrooms are available on floor seven of Harbour Centre. 

Door entry code

Access to both Research Commons locations is restricted to current graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and other researchers.

You will need a punch code to access these spaces.

Obtain punch-code access to the Research Commons