Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection

The Science Fiction and Fantasy (WCL-SFF and WCL-SFF-SP) circulating monograph collection at the Ward Chipman Library contains approximately 15,000 items. The collection is available primarily to members of the UNB community for teaching and research purposes and secondarily to the public through extracurricular library cards and interlibrary loans. The library initially decided to house and maintain a donation of a small general collection of SFF books in 1966. Since that time, the collection has expanded to support and supplement UNB teaching and research, and where possible, extracurricular interests.

In 2006, the SFF collection underwent an evaluation, both of the collection itself and of its housing and maintenance requirements, to determine its viability, relevance, and scholarly value to the UNB community and its users.

The University Commons and the SFF Collection

In preparation for many changes brought about by the construction of the University Commons, a new building that will house the library and other campus services, the SFF collection has been placed in closed storage, though circulation of the collection is possible via the online catalogue and staff access to the storage area.

As the library’s largest, most valuable, and widely known special collection, the SFF collection will be housed and maintained in the new Commons provided the necessary space and ongoing funding to support it can be secured.

Collection Criteria

Criteria for the SFF collection are based primarily on the collection’s use for teaching and research. Standard book lists and other authoritative selection aids are consulted in the selection process. Areas of interest include SFF and SFF-related works in the fields of literature, film, gender studies, culture studies, psychology, sociology, history, art, philosophy, and other areas of user interest. Generally, the following are collected:

The SFF collection does not acquire: