The W.A.C. Bennett Library has been a hub of learning, research and student engagement since Simon Fraser University opened in 1965. The Library’s vision statement is “Open for research. Open for learning. Open for collaboration.” Our stated values are openness, diversity and creativity. The Library’s collection includes more than three million physical volumes and 10 million online volumes, as well as 68,000 electronic subscriptions. In 2019-2020, 1.49 million students, faculty, staff, and community members visited SFU Library’s three campus locations, and more than 3.89 million visitors logged on to the Library website.
The Library’s Special Collections and Rare Books division provides researchers with access to a vast array of unique primary and published materials, including rare books, archival materials and manuscripts. The collection includes in-depth holdings in twentieth century avant-garde literature, a William Wordsworth collection, works by and about William Morris, editorial cartoons, and significant and expanding collections of British Columbia literary, social, political, and publishing material, including the Arjan Singh Brar Collection, which contains many original records documenting the Komagata Maru incident. There are also 500+ Gandhi-related items in the Library’s circulating collection, including biographies and studies on non-violence and the Indian independence.
The Library offers a range of diverse programs and services that inspire and engage learning and scholarship and has a long history of leadership and innovation relating to creative commons and open access programs.