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Library service updates during COVID-19

Library service updates: We are open for research, open for learning, open for collaboration.
As guidelines from the Province are being updated, we are working on plans to gradually restore in-person services, beginning with mediated access to the Library's physical collections.

We will add the latest updates here as details become available. If you have questions about Library services that are not answered here, please contact us at

Library collections and resources

For SFU Faculty, staff, and students

You can access thousands of online journals, ebooks and databases via the SFU Library Catalogue. To find them, filter your search results to "Full text online," or use the online resources only option.

Or, if you find your articles using websites like Google Scholar, PubMed, or directly through publishers' sites, see Accessing online resources from off campus. This will help you set up tools like the Library's Off Campus Bookmarklet and browser extensions to make it easier and faster to view licensed resources from most web browsers -- and without coming in through the Library's website.

Expanded access to some resources during COVID-19

Some publishers are temporarily providing free access to their collections.

Our librarians have created a list of key Resources with temporary access during COVID-19, including databases, articles, reference works, ebooks, etc. that are available to the SFU community.

For more, see the ICOLC's (International Coalition of Library Consortia) comprehensive list of providers offering Complimentary Expanded Access, which is updated frequently, and includes journals, books, newspaper articles, distance learning materials, and more. (Please note: As this is an international list, some named resources may not be available to SFU researchers.)

Access to print collections

For now, while the Library buildings are closed, staff have no access to print collections for digitization or delivery.

Please check back for updates.


Recalls and holds

All recalls and holds are temporarily suspended. If you have an existing hold, it will be extended until the library reopens -- and if you no longer need, it, you can cancel holds through your My Library account.

Returning materials and late fees

If you have Library materials, including equipment or ILL items, please keep them until we reopen. If you need to return something sooner, please contact us at to make arrangements.

The library will waive late fees from March 13 until the situation changes. 

Equipment loans

Equipment lending at all SFU Library locations is suspended until the Library re-opens.

 Research help

Ask a Librarian

For help from one of our research experts, start with our Ask a Librarian services, including email, chat, and contact info for our subject specialist liaison librarians. 

Request a consultation or start with a research guide

You can also request an in-depth consultation with a subject area librarian, or get started on your own by browsing the Library's research guides

 Workshops, instruction, and consultations

Library workshops and consultations

See our current Library instruction, workshop, and consultation listings for remote and online offerings:

And check pages for 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.

Course Reserves

Information and support for instructors

For Summer term courses:

  • To submit Reserve requests, see Course Reserves.
  • All Reserves must be digital. 

For now, while the Library buildings are closed, staff have no access to print collections for digitization or delivery. 

For more information and support for instructors, see Reserves information for instructors during COVID-19.

Reserves help

Questions? Library staff are available to help, including with finding alternatives to print Reserve materials: email

Interlibrary Loans

Request Interlibrary Loans

Where possible, we will find digital versions of the items you are looking for.

While the SFU Library and most other libraries remain closed:

  • we cannot accept new requests for ILL of physical items from other libraries
  • staff have no access to print Reserves, books, or other physical items in the SFU Library. 

Please check back for updates.

Return Interlibrary Loans

If you currently have physical ILL materials, please keep them until full Library service resumes.

More Library help / Contact us

Questions? Ask a Librarian by chat or email.

University information

See SFU's Frequently asked questions about COVID-19.