Access our collections
SCRB collections support teaching, learning and research at SFU. Our goal is to make access to our collections easy for you, no matter your location!
Browse the three sections below to locate and access archival finding aids, library catalogue records, and digitized collections of materials in Special Collections holdings. For more information on starting your research or visiting us in SCRB, see Plan Your Visit + Start Your Research.
Special Collections and Rare Books facilitates primary source research and stewards over 250 archival and manuscript collections documenting British Columbia and Western Canada as evidenced through politics; labour; activism; immigration; Indigenous literature; arts and culture; literature; book arts; and publishing.
SCRB contains over 2 kilometers of archival materials, which are comprised of photographs, sound recordings, editorial cartoons, posters, and many other formats.
Several of our larger archival and manuscript collections have their own databases.
Special Collections and Rare Books is home to over 40,000 rare books periodicals, chapbooks, ephemera and other published material, and covers a wide range of topics including the history of the book, book arts, book publishing, juvenile literature, illustration, contemporary Indigenous literature, inventive artists books and much more!
Several of our rare book collections have associated exhibits and projects, and can be searched specifically in the Library Catalogue.