Inforum 4th & 5th floor spaces

4th floor spaces  |  5th floor spaces  |  Care of our spaces  |  Accessing & booking

4th floor spaces

Study hubs

Each of the seven hubs are nestled in a windowed alcove, and offer a central table with booth-style seating for up to 5 people. Pot lighting inside each hub is responsive to presence. The two end hubs are accessible. (left)

Event space
Accommodates up to 100 people. There are several groupings of chairs and low coffee tables, two L-shaped sofas, two other sofas, podium, projection and screen, and built-in ceiling speakers across the 4th floor.


Group study rooms 416 & 418
Now with better soundproofing!  Rooms may be booked by iSchool students, staff, and faculty.

iRelax: Mindfulness resource area
Located just past the stacks are secular mindfulness meditation and yoga resources, including sustainably-sourced cushions, benches, yoga mats, blocks, and books. (left)

Semaphore/KMDI MakerSpace
As of December 2019, the KMDI/Semaphore Makerspace will be located in room 417. This large many-windowed space with wired tables forms part of the Semaphore Research Cluster


5th floor spaces

Brody WorkLounge modules
Each of the nine modules has a reclining padded seat, desk space for a laptop, a side table, a flexible lamp, cubby space for coats and knapsacks, a padded foot-rest, and privacy walls. One WorkLounge module is oriented for left-handed users. (right)

iTable area (‘Room’ 505A, although it is in an open area), features a built-in projector and screen for presentations, and seating for up to 14 people. (left)

The Ideas Exchange (Room 520) is a bookable space with four high tables, 24 chairs, and a two large screens which can be connected to laptops. (bottom)

Two research labs occupy space on the 5th floor: the iDB Lab, led by Professor Periklis Andritsos and Professor Kelly Lyons; and the Systems Design Studio, the new physical home of the Digital Curation Institute, led by Professor Christoph Becker

Mounting wall for Museum Studies (right)

Student lounge area, with coffee tables and comfy seating.

Skype booth:  A small room with sliding doors for Skyping, or quiet study. Due to sound-proofing issues, the booth is out of order until further notice. 

Bookable space in other libraries: Robarts Library and Gerstein Library offer bookable and non-bookable study space to all U of T students.  Some other U of T libraries offer a mix of rooms:  some for their students only, some for all U of T students.  Here is a list of what’s available.

Faculty of Information classrooms 507 & 538 are also located on the 5th floor.

Care of our spaces


Emergencies: Use the Information Desk phone – 416-978-7060 –  to call either 9-911 or Campus Police at 8-2222, depending on the nature of emergency.

Food & drink

Permitted. Avoid messy foods, and clean up after yourselves!

Place trash in appropriate receptacles in the lobby, including the green bin for compostables.


Be attentive to your fellow students in terms of noise level, and shared use of space. If you move furniture around, please put it back into its original position before leaving. Tidy up after yourselves, e.g. wipe up spills, throw out your garbage. Please do not rest your feet upon the tables!

The main 4th and 5th floor areas are open to the Faculty of Information community, the University community, and the public during our hours of operation.

Accessing & booking the space

Some spaces may be booked by the Faculty of Information community, including:

  • Group study rooms 416 & 418
    Contact staff:  In person  |  416-978-7060  |  help.ischool[at]
  • Event space (4th floor)
  • Semaphore Demo Room (Room 417)
    Contact kevin.freedman[at]
  • iTable (‘Room’ 505A)
    Contact kevin.freedman[at]
  • Ideas Exchange (Room 520)
    Contact kevin.freedman[at]

UTL policies

U of T Libraries Conduct Regulations
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