SFU Library Collections Management

Faculty and students at SFU have access to over 2.7 million print and microform volumes and 2.9 million online items, including:

  • 1,475,000 print books and more than 1.1 million ebooks
  • 2,500 print and 98,000 ejournal subscriptions
  • 500+ databases 
  • plus maps, data sets, slides, online images, films, DVDs and sound recordings.

Book selection and collection building are done primarily by the Liaison Librarians; coordination for the building of the collection is the responsibility of the Collections Management Division.

Guides to specific Library collections

To find and use the material in specific collections, including research data, Special Collections and Rare Books, maps, see Other SFU Library collections.

Electronic collections (information for librarians and faculty)

The SFU Library has a growing collection of non-journal electronic resources (ebooks, streaming video, music... etc.) available to current students, faculty and staff. For more information, see Electronic collection information for librarians and faculty.

Scholarly publishing & communication

We provide information for authors, editors, and librarians to support scholarly publishing activities.

The Library is active in supporting Open Access in a variety of ways.  Please see our report Removing barriers: Open Access strategy at the SFU Library from January 2010 for details.  The Library administers a Central Open Access Fund to cover Article Processing Charges for OA journals.  In May 2010 the Library established a Scholarly Digitization Fund.


Learn more about the SFU Library's digitization initiatives and policies.

Canadian Research Knowledge Network

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a national consortium of 75 Canadian universities. It is a digital library initiative established by the Canadian research library community to increase the capacity for research and innovation in Canada. Its mission is to expand the universe of digital information to Canada's academic researchers through the coordinated services and expertise of academic libraries. This is done primarily through national licensing of electronic information resources for the research community. It has grown out of and continues the work of the Canadian National Site Licensing Project. SFU is a charter member and participates in most of the licenses offered by this consortium.

Shared Print Archive Network (SPAN)

The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) Shared Print Archive Network (SPAN) is a collaboration to collectively manage the preservation of print volumes.

Collections management staff

Patty Gallilee, Associate Dean of Libraries, Collections & Scholarly Communication 
Megan Crouch, Collections Librarian
Lorraine Kwan, Collections Management Assistant
Eiman Elnoshokaty, Electronic Resources Librarian
Liaison Librarians