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About the Research Commons


During COVID-19, Research Commons' services continue.

SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with the Research Commons staff and partners. Consultations are available by phone, via email, or through online video-conference.

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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, or click on the link below to find the expert for your area.

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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 space

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. 

The Research Commons is located 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

Our space offers:

  • wireless access
  • spacious workstations
  • a printing station
  • bookable group consultation rooms
  • areas for discussion and relaxation
  • natural light and expansive views.


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 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 space

The Research Commons 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 and, while we do not have an automatic door due to the door code feature at the entrance, we do have a doorbell that you can ring to gain entrance. 


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

Standing desks

The Research Commons features 2 sit-stand workstations.  


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

Graduate student group rooms

Group study rooms are available to graduate students during W.A.C. Bennett Library's open hours.

Please note the following:

  • Research Commons Graduate Group Rooms are for current SFU *Graduate Students* only, via punch code access.
  • Only book a room for the time you need.
  • Cancel your booking if no longer required.
  • Each group may book once per day for a maximum of 2 hours.
  • Rooms are only available for booking up to 14 days in advance.
  • Rooms without bookings are available for drop-in use.
  • Booked rooms not occupied within the first 10 minutes are available for drop in use for the first hour; the original booker may claim the second hour.

Please contact staff ( if you have questions about Graduate Group Room bookings.

Door entry code

Access to the Research Commons is restricted, by a door access punch-code, to current graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and other researchers.

Research Commons services at SFU Vancouver

Research Commons services at SFU Vancouver