Find books and other materials in Special Collections and Rare Books

 Use the Library Catalogue to find books in SCRB's collections

If you are looking for a book or other physical item that belongs to Special Collections and Rare Books, you can find it in the Library Catalogue. Just search by keyword, subject, author, or title. 

You can find the SFU Library Catalogue any time on the Library's home page, or you can type your search term into Library Search -- the search box on almost every page on our website. (If you start in Library Search, after you type your terms, go to the section for Books or Media to see your results.) 

  Note: SCRB books may not be borrowed. [See Requesting to see a book for more details.]

What's included in the Library Catalogue?

The SFU Library Catalogue lists the rare books, films, and other media that the Library owns — including SCRB collections like:

Library Catalogue search tips

After you type your terms into the Catalogue search box, you can click on book titles to see where the copies are in the Library, including Special Collections.

From your search results list, you can also use the checkboxes at the left of the screen to limit by Location > Special Collections.

 For more help, see the Catalogue Search Guide, or Ask a Librarian.

 Not in the Catalogue? Looking for materials in other SCRB collections

There are other materials and books that are not shown in the Library Catalogue. Other platforms are available to discover our collections:

SFU AtoM (Access to Memory)

SFU AtoM is a database of archival holdings at SCRB. Visit SFU AtoM to identify collections and resources from SCRB.

 For more help, see Search Tips for SFU AtoM, or email us at

SFU Library Digitized Collections

Select digitized collections are available online which are comprised of newspapers, photographs, documents, sound recordings, and more.

You can limit your search results by selecting different parameters such as Collection, Subject, and Type.

 For more help, email us at

 Requesting to see materials in our reading room

SCRB's materials may be used in our reading room, but may not be borrowed from the Library.

When you find the materials you're looking for, you can ask staff to bring it to the SCRB reading room, so that you can look at it there. For more information about reading room procedures, see our guide on Using Special Collections.

To make a request, send us an email at with the details (call number, author/title, link to the catalogue record or AtoM, etc.). We will contact you to confirm.

Appointments are encouraged but not required.