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Ask a Librarian by Email

An email reference service for the SFU community 

As some services are restricted to SFU students, faculty and staff, we may be limited in the form of assistance we can provide to those outside the SFU community.

To ask us a question by email, use the form below, or send a message to

Coverage and response times

  • After we receive your email, we will respond within one business day.
  • During Fall and Winter semesters, we read messages seven days a week. During Summer semester and semester breaks, we check emails Monday to Friday.  
  • We do not monitor this email service on holidays or when the University is closed.

Other ways to get help

If you need immediate reference assistance, see our other Ask a Librarian services, including:

  • AskAway chat reference 
  • In-person and phone services at all three SFU Library locations.

You can also check Contact us: Phone numbers, email addresses, and key staff contacts for contact information for Library departments and key staff, including Library management.

Personal information collection notice

The information on this form is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468). It is related directly to and needed by the University for services provided by the SFU Library. The information will be used to administer the Ask a Librarian by Email service. If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information please contact Gwen Bird, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, at 778-782-3265 or

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