Welcome 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 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 enhance your learning and research.

We are very pleased to welcome students, faculty, and staff back into Bennett, Belzberg, and Fraser Libraries for the Fall 2021 term, after a long COVID-related closure of many of our spaces. Thank you for wearing a face mask in the library to help ensure the safety of our community, and in compliance with provincial and university mandates.

Explore our collections

We have restored browsing access to physical library collections, and you can use the library website to connect to our extensive digital collections. 

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.

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 in-person and online workshops and self-paced learning resources, as well as options for in-person and consultations.

Students and researchers can get friendly and helpful research assistance from library research experts, either in person at any library location, or online through AskAway's one-on-one chat service.

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.

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.  We are delighted to have opened a new Research Commons space on the Vancouver campus for use by graduate students this fall.

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

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

Fall 2021
Owned by: Gwen Bird
Last revised: 2021-09-13