W.A.C. Bennett Library 4th Floor Deselection and Relocation Project -- beginning June 2019

Project goals

The Library is starting a deselection and relocation project on the fourth floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby).

The project is intended to:

Ensure healthy and responsive collections

Regular evaluation and deselection of materials allows us to steward the Library’s collection, ensuring it remains healthy and is responsive to the teaching, learning and research needs of the university community.

Create space for the new Indigenous Curriculum Resource Centre (ICRC)

The space freed up on the fourth floor will be used to develop an Indigenous Curriculum Resource Centre.

As framed in the SFU Library Strategic Plan, 2017-2021, we will:

  • "Create interdisciplinary, community-building spaces" (We Build Capacity)
  • "Expand spaces for student learning, interaction, and experimentation" (We Enhance the Student Experience).

The ICRC is being created in support of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council’s Walk this Path With Us Calls to Action.

Project overview

By carefully applying the Library’s deselection policies, this project will reduce the collection footprint and make room for the new ICRC.

Relocation plan

Low-use items from the 4th floor will be moved to storage in the Bennett Library (1st floor) and can be requested via the Library Catalogue.

Deselection plan

Following the Library’s policies, the following materials will be deselected:

  • Duplicates with little or no circulation
  • Old editions of textbooks with little or no circulation
  • Superseded editions for which a newer edition exists in our holdings

Deselected items will be sent to Better World Books to be reused where possible.

Floorplan showing new ICRC