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Why support the Community Scholars Program?
The Community Scholars Program provides 500 community-based researchers in BC with free electronic access to 20,000+ scholarly journals and e-books. The program provides valuable access and research support for staff at BC non-profits and charities who are doing critical work on social issues in our communities. Explore our Community Scholars pages for more about how the Community Scholars Program is helping charities and non-profits across the province.
Read comments & testimonies from Community Scholars
Ways to support Community Scholars
Support for the Community Scholars Program has come from contributions from the McConnell Foundation BC Collaborative on Social Infrastructure, Mindset Social Innovation Foundation, United Way, SFU Library, and SFU's Community Engagement Fund, along with the cooperation of participating publishers.
There is currently no ongoing funding for this program.
Donate to Community Scholars
Please consider making a donation to the Community Scholars Program to support its long-term sustainability. Your gift will mean that non-profit leaders will continue to have access to the information that they need to make positive change in society.
Partnership opportunities for academic libraries
BC academic libraries are invited to join the Community Scholars Program as sponsoring partners. We recognize that our colleagues at BC institutions are forging strong relationships and connections with the non-profit community. By partnering with the Community Scholars Program, BC institutions can help to both sustain the program and encourage participation from non-profits who are not yet involved as Community Scholars.
The annual contributions from partnering institutions will be used towards program operations and services for Community Scholars, including librarian and other staff time for administering the program, and research assistance for participants, such as consultations, journal clubs, and workshops.
Partnering institutions are encouraged to share their program participation through their communications channels, and will be acknowledged on the Community Scholars website and at Community Scholars events.
Gold Level – $7,000 annually
Silver Level – $5000 annually
Bronze Level – $2500 annually
Questions and contact
Do you have questions about Community Scholars, or are you interested in partnering with us? Please contact Heather De Forest, email@example.com, Community Scholars librarian.