No access to 5th floor, Bennett Library (Burnaby) while repairs are underway

 Due to the discovery of asbestos-containing debris in the Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) the fifth floor of the Library remains closed and sealed until repairs are completed and it is safe to return.  See the Campus Notice for background information on the closure.

We understand that this will be very inconvenient for members of the SFU community. Our priority has been, and always will be, the safety of everyone on campus.  

All Library collections and services on the 5th floor are unavailable

We do not have a specific timeline for when the 5th floor will reopen, but expect it will be the Spring semester at the earliest. Please check back for updates.

  Physical materials, including books 

The physical collection on the 5th floor is unavailable. This includes books, journals, media, reports, proceedings, government and legal materials.  

Until further notice:

  • Bennett Stacks materials with call numbers in the range HV - QA are not available. 
  • All movement and delivery of materials (e.g. holds, requests) from the 5th floor items in the Bennett Library is on hold 
  • We cannot process scan requests for Bennett materials from the 5th floor. 

Finding alternative copies: To borrow titles that are not currently available, ask at the Main floor service desk and staff will help you to request an interlibrary loan of the item from another Library.

 We are investigating ways to make our 5th-floor materials available sooner. Please check back for updates. 

 Study rooms

Graduate Student and Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) study rooms on the 5th floor are not available, but two rooms have been made available for booking by CAL students on the 2nd floor.  Other Group study rooms on the 2nd floor remain available to all students.


5th floor computers and printers are not available. Computers and printers are available on the 3rd, 4th and 6th floors.

Library services on other floors of the Bennett Library, online, and at Vancouver and Surrey are available

 Physical materials such as books

All collections not stored on the 5th floor of Bennett are accessible.  

 Access books and journals online

Our digital collections are available online 24/7. Go to the Library home page to find ebooks, ejournals and other online resources via Library search, article databases, and Course Reserves.

 Vancouver and Surrey Libraries remain open

Library services and spaces are available at both Belzberg (Vancouver) and Fraser (Surrey) locations.

  • You can access all Belzberg (Vancouver) and Fraser (Surrey) Library materials in person.
  • Unfortunately we cannot deliver materials from the Bennett's 5th floor to Belzberg or Fraser. 


  I borrowed a book or equipment -- will I have to pay overdue fines?

Fines for materials borrowed from or returned to the Bennett library will be suspended until the Bennett Library re-opens.

Please contact for any questions about fines that may have been assessed since Monday November 14, 2022

 Contact and further questions

You can reach us at (monitored weekdays 9 - 5).

W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby)