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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.
Our spaces offer:
- wireless access
- spacious workstations
- a printing station
- bookable individual and group consultation rooms
- See Bookable spaces for graduate students: for more information on group and individual study spaces, as well as the Thesis Defence Room.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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, 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.