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Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester from the University Librarian

Gwen Bird stands at a microphone on a podium in front of a banner reading "W.A.C. Bennett Library."

Open for research. Open for learning. Open for collaboration.

I want to offer a warm welcome to students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows. Whether you are a new to SFU or a long-standing member of the SFU community, SFU Library is here to support you during our current remote learning and research environment.

In alignment with safety guidelines from SFU and from provincial health authorities, we have begun restoring some in-person services, beginning at W.A.C. Bennett Library (Burnaby). We look forward to gradually restoring further services in the coming months at all three campus locations (Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey).

During this time, we continue to offer rich online collections and digital course reserves, and expertise for your remote research, learning, and teaching needs.

Accessing collections

The Library has an extensive online collection, including e-books, academic journals, course reserves, newspapers, magazines, streaming videos, and more.

Physical books can be requested through our contactless pick-up and digital delivery services. We also continue to provide additional content through Interlibrary Loans.

Special Collections and Rare Books is home to a range of rare and unique content, including book arts, print culture, manuscripts, and papers of significant literary and public figures. Some collections have been digitized, and researchers can also contact Special Collections to request access.

Enhancing learning & teaching

Our Student Learning Commons team provides expert and friendly help with academic writing, learning, and study strategies for undergraduates, including EAL/ESL learners. The Research Commons team fosters learning, research, and professional development skills for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Both offer a wide variety of online workshops and self-paced learning resources, and options for virtual consultations.

Friendly and helpful research assistance is available online through AskAway, where students and researchers can chat one-on-one with research experts.

Instructional services

We welcome requests from SFU instructors to collaborate on customizing course-integrated workshops or other learning opportunities to develop students’ writing, learning, or research skills.

For instructors working on audio or visual materials, our Media and Maker Commons offers appointments to make use of the AV studios and workstations.

Study space

In addition to online communities and spaces, we recognize the need for students to have a safe place to study and work on campus. The main floor of Bennett Library will be open as study space every weekday afternoon for the Fall semester, with appropriate safety guidelines in place.

Fostering research

Liaison librarians provide specialized and discipline-specific research support for students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows. The Research Commons and the Digital Humanities Innovation Labs are hubs for research expertise and professional development, including skills in writing, data analysis and data visualization, research data management, and knowledge mobilization.

In addition to offering expertise on publishing choices and research impact, SFU Library also coordinates the Open Access Fund, which provides support to SFU researchers seeking to publish in OA journals.

Stay connected

We are continuing to gradually restore in-person library services in a way that is safe for everyone. The most up-to-date information is available on our Library service updates webpage. If you have general questions or comments, reach out to us at library@sfu.ca.

And feel free to contact me (gbird@sfu.ca or 778-782-3265) or other library staff. We'll be delighted to hear from you.


Gwen Bird, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

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Fall 2020