Library service updates during COVID-19

Library service updates: We are open for research, open for learning, open for collaboration.

The latest updates on in-person services and Library resources for remote research, teaching, and learning during COVID-19.

 Visiting the Library

Before visiting the Library, be sure to check the University's latest updates, COVID-19 safety measures, and current guidelines.

Masks are recommended but not required in Library spaces. See SFU's Mask Guidelines for more information.

If you have questions about Library services that are not answered here, please contact us at

  Borrowing & digital delivery

All regular in-person borrowing services are available, at all three Library locations.

Digital delivery

SFU faculty, students, and staff can request chapters from print books at all Library locations to be scanned for digital delivery. To request a scan:

  1. From the Library Catalogue use the scan pages option to request your chapter or section.
  2. We will email your book chapter to you within 7 days.

Requests must abide by the limitations on copying set out under SFU's Fair Dealing guidelines.

Returning materials 

You can return most items to any of our SFU Library locations.

Library collections and resources

You are welcome to visit the W.A.C. Bennett (SFU Burnaby), Fraser (SFU Surrey), and Belzberg Library (SFU Vancouver) to access and borrow books and other physical materials.

Online access

SFU Faculty, staff, and students can also access thousands of online journals, ebooks and databases via the SFU Library CatalogueOr, if you find your articles using websites like Google Scholar, PubMed, or directly through publishers' sites, see Accessing online resources from off campus.

SFU Alumni can access some SFU-licensed resources, and a growing number of open access resources.

Library facilities, spaces, and labs

Library facilities and spaces are available, including: 

Research help and consultations

Research help is available, including Ask a Librarian and consultation appointments.

For Learning, Writing, and English as an Additional Language consultations for undergraduates, see the Student Learning Commons.

And check specific Library services (such as Special Collections and Rare Books, the Copyright Office and Digital Humanities Innovation Lab) for their consultation and contact options.

Workshops & instruction

See All workshops for all current Library instruction and workshop listings (including remote and online).

And check specific Library services (such as the Copyright Office and Digital Humanities Innovation Lab) for their instruction, consultation, and contact options.

Information for instructors

Instructors can request library research instruction for classes by contacting their liaison librarian or emailing

The Student Learning Commons also offers many resources for instructors to use in classes and tutorials.