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Services to international students

Welcome to the Simon Fraser University Library.

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Contact Us

The most important thing that you should know about us is that there are Reference Librarians to assist you with your research. It is our job to help you learn how to do research, and you can contact us in a number of ways (Ask Us):

  • in person and by appointment.
    • at the Reference Desk (on the 3rd Floor, at entrance level of the Library)
    • Librarians have different subject responsibilities, and if you are a graduate student, contact Liaison Librarians for your discipline.
  • by telephone
    • 778.782.5735 - phone for Bennett Reference
  • by email
  • by web (chat reference)
  • FAQ's
  • Library hours
    • building hours, and reference services hours
  • Student Learning Commons
    • for assistance with academic writing, learning, and study strategies.

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Guides to services

  • Services for Undergraduate Students - where to get a library card, study in the library, borrow a laptop, where are items placed on "Reserves" by your professor, etc.
  • Services for Graduate Students - learn about thesis writing, inter-library loans, article alert services, study and computing space, tips for teaching assistants, etc.

Guides to doing research

Online Foreign Language Resources

The reference section and in the regular stacks (shelves) there are many foreign language dictionaries. In the Library Catalogue, do "keyword" search for the "name of your language" AND the word "dictionaries",
E.g. chinese language* AND dictionaries --> gives you 55 dictionaries. You will find that most English language dictionaries are in "PE 1628" classification range on the 5th floor.

SFU's Electronic Collections - IDs and Passwords for Authentication

To use the electronic recources (databases, electronic journals and electronic books), people must go through a process called "authentication" since the electronic resources are restricted by license to only the "current" SFU students, faculty and staff. If you need to activate your SFU Computing Account, you can do so from

To gain access to library's electronic resources, when the box appears prompting you for id and password:

  • use your SFU Computing Account: enter the same ID and password that you use to gain access to your SFU email and other SFU computing services (for example, if your SFU email address is, enter 'bubber' in the username field and your matching password in the password field).

Cross-cultural Issues and Other Resources

Technical Assistance

If you encounter technical problems while using our website, email assistance with technical problems is available at You may also want to consult our Frequently Asked Questions under the library computing category.

Remember, the library staff is here to help you, so don't be shy about asking us questions.