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 the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby)

 3rd floor (entry level)

The Power of IMAGeNation: Materials from the Indigenous Media Arts Group Archive

The Indigenous Media Arts Group, or IMAG, was a Vancouver-based organization founded in early 1998 to promote the development and dissemination of Indigenous media, arts, and culture. IMAG organized the highly successful IMAGeNation Aboriginal Film and Video Festival, which was held annually in Vancouver from 1998 to 2006.

The exhibit includes publicity materials, photographs, film festival programs, and materials related to the administration of IMAG

September–December 2023

 7th floor (outside SCRB)

Indigenous Storytelling from the Lutz Collection

Indigenous storytelling is a traditional way to pass on the ancestral teachings and knowledge to new generations. The stories provide teachings about Indigenous beliefs, customs, values and relationships, ceremonies and practices. In other words, storytelling is form of teaching and a way to transfer knowledge about ways of knowing and being.

This exhibit features a selection of books from the Hartmut Lutz Collection of Indigenous Literature, donated to SFU Library's Special Collections and Rare Books in 2018.

September–December 2023


What’s on at the Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver) 

From Draft to Book: A Journey Through The Publishing Process

SFU Library is home to a variety of material that represents every stage of the publishing process.

The archival fonds of writers like Eden Robinson, Lynn Coady, Michael McClure, Daphne Marlatt, and many more include early drafts of published poetry and fiction.The fonds of publishers like Douglas and McIntyre, Barbarian Press, New Star Books, Nightwood Editions, Talonbooks, and more offer example of the business activities of a publisher and the journey of a work from submission to publication.

On display are examples from a range of holdings representing the process of publishing a physical book.

September–December 2023




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.