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In partnership with United Way of the Lower Mainland and Mindset Social Innovation Foundation, the SFU Library is offering a program to provide staff of charitable and non-profit organizations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields. The Community Scholars Program pilot ran from January 2016 to December 2016, with 100 individuals registered and two publishers. The current phase expands access, connecting 500 individuals to six publishers' materials through an enhanced search interface.


Many researchers in Canada and around the world are studying social problems and possible solutions and publishing their findings in peer-reviewed journals. These journals are mostly inaccessible to the more than 170,000 non-profit and charitable organizations in Canada doing critical work on social issues including poverty alleviation, homelessness, education, and health care -- unless they are affiliated with a university. 

Our response: Access for Community Scholars

The partnership of Simon Fraser University, the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and Mindset Innovation Foundation extends existing licences for databases and e-journals to up to 500 Community Scholars -- staff of charities and non-profits in the University's community who are interested in accessing the latest research and knowledge to improve their practice.

Community Scholars can:

  • search for, find, and read scholarly publications from anywhere they have an internet connection
  • consult with a dedicated librarian
  • participate in tailored workshops, Community Scholars journal clubs, and other events


We've had an incredible response from the community and the 500 available spots are now filled. We would be happy to notify you if a spot becomes available. To be added to our waitlist, fill out our Community Scholars Waitlist form.