Welcome from Gwen Bird, the University Librarian


Gwen Bird, University Librarian

Gwen Bird, University Librarian

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

As we enter a new semester, 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 you back into Bennett, Belzberg, and Fraser Libraries for the Fall 2022 term.

We encourage you to continue wearing a face mask inside the library spaces, for the safety of everyone in our community


Explore our collections

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

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, over Zoom, by email, or 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.  In Fall 2021, we opened a new Research Commons space on the Vancouver campus for graduate students and researchers.

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 2022
Owned by: Gwen Bird
Last revised: 2024-05-13