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Welcome from the University Librarian

Gwen Bird
Gwen Bird

I want to offer a warm welcome to students and faculty on behalf of the SFU Library.  We hope that you will visit us frequently, in person and online.

Strategic Plan 2017-2021

The Library has recently created a 2017-2021 Strategic Plan.  Through our vision statement, we affirm that the SFU Library is Open for Research.  Open for Learning.  Open for Collaboration. 

In addition to our Strategic Plan, here are a few highlights of the services we provide.

Information resources

The Library houses a print collection of 3 million volumes and 6000 journal subscriptions across its three locations in Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver. The Library’s rapidly growing electronic collection includes 98,000 journal subscriptions and close to 10 million digital files.

 Special Collections and Rare Books is home to a broad range of unique content, including book arts, print culture, manuscripts and papers of significant literary and public figures.

Teaching and learning programs

The Library is an active learning place, with support for the enhancement of writing and learning skills provided through the Student Learning Commons

Library research assistance is provided through our in-person service points and through online help. A wide range of individual and group study spaces at all three Library sites is offered to support teaching and learning needs and to enhance the student experience overall.

Research support

The Library plays a central role in SFU's research enterprise.

Liaison librarians provide a broad range of specialized subject support to students and faculty.

The Research Commons provides a hub for supporting graduate students and advanced undergraduates pursuing research and professional development agendas.

The Scholarly Digitization Fund provides support to digitization needs of faculty. And the Open Access Fund provides support to those who seek to publish in OA journals.

Research data management services are available for researchers.

Please check out our website or come into the Library to explore what we have to offer. And feel free to contact me ( or 778-782-3265) or other library staff. We'll be delighted to hear from you.

Gwen Bird, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries