Exhibits and projects: Special Collections and Rare Books

 Physical exhibits

Special Collections and Rare Books welcomes visitors to view our physical exhibits throughout the year, presented in flat cases at the entrance of Special Collections reading room and in vitrines on the third floor of WAC Bennett Library.

Admission is always free.

What’s on at W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby)

 3rd floor (entry level)


This exhibit, curated by PhD student in English, Kate Moffatt, follows the printers journey of designing and printing a book. Featuring materials from Special Collections and Rare Books’ Book History Collection that focus on the printing process right alongside the papers of Moffatt's labour to print her book, WORD-IN-PROGRESS, this exhibit brings you right into the scholarly and physical print mess of her words-in-progress

May - August 2024

 7th floor (outside SCRB)

2023 Alcuin Society Excellence in Book Design Award Exhibit

Since 1981, the Alcuin Society has sponsored the oldest competition recognizing fine book design in the country, the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The display features a selection of winning titles from the categories of Children, Comics, Pictorial, Poetry, Prose (Fiction, Illustrated, and Non-fiction) and Reference.

May - August 2024


What's on at Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver)

Destroying Tradition: Movements in Vancouver Punk Rock

The Vancouver punk scene emerged in the 1970s, challenging mainstream music and societal norms. Through items in the Vancouver Punk Rock Collection this exhibit presents several different movements in the scene and the music that propelled protest and solidarity.

May - August 2024


Previous exhibits

Learn about past exhibits curated by SCRB staff, as well as faculty and students in the SFU community.

 Online exhibits and projects

Explore our online exhibits, featured digitized collections, and ongoing projects featuring the rare and unique materials from the holdings of Special Collections and Rare Books.