Special Collections and Rare Books: Home

Special Collections and Rare Books provides researchers with access to a vast array of unique primary and published materials, including rare books, archival materials and manuscripts.

SFU Library Special Collections and Rare Books has in-depth holdings in:

  • twentieth century avant-garde literature (Contemporary Literature Collection)
  • William Wordsworth collection
  • works by and about William Morris
  • significant and expanding collections of British Columbia literary, social, political, and publishing material
  • editorial cartoons.

To locate materials held in Special Collections see Access the collections.

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    COVID-19 Library updates

    Library services are still available online, and we are gradually restoring some in-person services: check for the latest updates.


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  • Perry the Poster Man Collection

    "Perry the Poster Man" Collection in Special Collections & Rare Books

    Almost 1200 images now available online! 

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  • Grace McCarthy scrapbook collection

    Grace McCarthy Scrapbook Collection

    Learn more about the newly digitized 89 scrapbook collection.

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  • Radiofreerainforest Collection of recordings

    Introducing the Gerry Gilbert radiofreerainforest Collection of recordings

    272 audiotapes now digitized and available online.

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  • Dispatches from the Poetry Wars: A new digital collection

    Dispatches from the Poetry Wars: A new digital collection

    A web archive of this lively and often contentious literary site.

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