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Using Toronto's Libraries for Your Research

Your City, Your Libraries

Toronto contains dozens of world-class libraries that are publicly accessible, each with their own collection strengths that complement Ryerson University Library & Archives' great collection. Whether you're looking for dentistry texts, an obscure work of Canadian art, or a popular novel, have no fear! This guide will inform you about the collections at the Toronto Public Library, the University of Toronto Libraries, York University Libraries, OCAD University Library, and the TIFF Reference Library.

In the left sidebar, you will find more information about how to access the collections and their strengths for different disciplines.

Access at a Glance

Not sure what you can do at each library? Here is a quick overview of where you can access where. For more detailed information, see the tabs for each school on the left panel of this guide.

 

Can I visit?

Can I borrow materials?

Do I need a special card?

Can I access electronic materials?

Can I borrow materials through RACER?

The Toronto Public Library

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

University of Toronto Library

Yes, for all libraries except Robarts

No

No, except for  graduate student stack passes

On campus at some workstations

Yes

York University Libraries

Yes

Yes

Yes

On campus, with a guest account

Yes

OCAD U Library

Yes, but visiting the Learning Zone is restricted

Yes, with some limitations

Yes

No

Yes

TIFF Reference Library

Yes, within more limited hours

No

No

Yes

No

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