Special Collections and Rare Books at SFU Library

SFU Library Special Collections and Rare Books has in-depth holdings in twentieth century avant-garde literature, a major William Wordsworth collection, significant and expanding collections of BC publishing materials, British Columbia literary, social, and political materials, and editorial cartoons. Special Collections and Rare Books will continue to provide resources for the increasing needs of the research community.


Hours and Public Access

  • Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed on weekends, statutory and university holidays; check Library hours here.
  • SFU Special Collections and Rare Books is a non-circulating, closed stack area.
  • SFU Special Collections and Rare Books is located in Room 7100 of the WAC Bennett Library on the Burnaby Campus.
  • Manuscript finding aids are available in Special Collections and Rare Books.
  • Special Collections/Rare Books manuscripts catalogue
    This online manuscript catalogue includes over 4,500 entries covering 25,000 items of unique materials in the Library (LB7100). Collections of material by bill bissett, Anne Cameron, Betty Lambert, Ezra Pound and others have been entered into this catalogue. The papers of the Toronto literary magazine, Open Letter are included, as well as the papers of the late bp Nichol and our earliest collection of archival materials from Talonbooks. This catalogue is no longer being maintained.

SFU Special Collections and Rare Books Contact Information

Mailing address:
Special Collections and Rare Books
W.A.C. Bennett Library
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6

Reference and information:
Telephone: 778.782.4626
Fax: 778.782.3023

Eric L. Swanick, Head/Gifts Librarian
Telephone: 778.782.4626
Email: eswanick@sfu.ca

Tony Power, Contemporary Literature Collection Librarian
Telephone: 778.782.6676
Email: power@sfu.ca

Keith Gilbert, Special Collections Assistant
Telephone: 778.782.5395
Email: kgilbert@sfu.ca

Judith Polson, Special Collections Assistant
Telephone: 778.782.5335
Email: wills@sfu.ca