Library Services at the University of Toronto

Library services for Faculty of Information students

Last update: November 8, 2021

U of T Libraries’ (UTL) Fall 2021 reopening plans and details.

Recent updates

Technology loans across the UTL library system are compiled on this new page. (November 8, 2021).

TCard access:  If you don’t have your TCard in hand yet, you can still access library physical spaces with the email that confirms your TCard pickup appointment. (September 7, 2021).

One more loan extension for items borrowed before September 7, 2021. Due dates depend on whether you are a student, a faculty member, an alumnus, etc. (September 7, 2021)

UTL resources, services, and facilities

About 2021/2022  |  Collections access Workshops  |  Research help

Faculty of Information (FI) students have access to the unparalled resources available through the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) – a library system with over 40 individual libraries.  While there is one main website, the individual libraries also maintain their own smaller websites.

Robarts Library is the closest library, and FI students also will find materials of interest – depending on their areas of study – in libraries such as:

ROM Library  |   Engineering & Computer Science Library  |  Gerstein Science Information Centre  |  OISE Library  |  Government Publications at Robarts Library  |  Map & Data Library  |  Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library  | All UTL libraries

The student TCard acts as a library card, and entitles you to borrow books, and access electronic resources such as articles, journals, books, databases, and more.

Coffee & food

  • The Starbucks at Robarts is being renovated in September and will reopen later in fall
  • See listings and hours of other food services on the St George Campus

About 2021/2022 library services

The UTL fall reopening age has all the information currently available. Monitor it closely.  Health and safety requirements.are also important to review.

From September 7 onwards, physically-distanced study spaces and workstations are available at Robarts Library and the Gerstein Science Information Centre, with some access to printing, scanning and copying.   Your TCard is required for access. Computer workstations are also available.

Visit the following pages for additional services.

Access to UTL collections

Most library stacks are reopening for Fall 2021. This reopening table has information about the reopening dates, special conditions of entry, and links to the individual library’s hours.

Here is some helpful information about how to use the new LibrarySearch platform to find books, articles, journals, newspaper articles, and more.

Course reserves

Physical course reserves will reopen on September 7, 2021. See also information about online course reserves.

Access to UTL’s electronic books, journals, & articles

Students may access the wealth of electronic books and journals via LibrarySearch A– UTL’s search system for books, journals, articles, and more. Our article databases categorized by subject give access to millions of fulltext articles. You must access these licensed resources through the UTL website. You will need to enter your UTORid and password to access the licensed content.

Streaming video content

The Media Commons Library has a vast collection of streaming content for your education and entertainment. You are bound to find titles of interest!

HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service


Curbside Pickup Service


Due dates

Due dates for material signed out before September 7, 2021:
Loan services

Due dates for materials signed out from September 7, 2021 onwards:
Loan services

Scan & Deliver Service

The Scan & deliver service will allow you to request scanned articles from physical journals in UTL library stacks.  Book chapters are not eligible for this service.

Interlibrary loan (ILL) services for electronic & print resources

ILL self-service is available for requesting electronic content and physical items, and is free to graduate students.

Intercampus Delivery (ICD)

ICD service is available for requesting physical items from the UTM and UTSC campus libraries, as well as from the Downsview off-site storage location.

Library workshops

iSkills workshops @ Faculty of Information

The iSkills roster of workshops are offered exclusively to FI students in fall and winter terms. Together with the required curricula, these workshops create a unique information and heritage educational experience. They also address academic, professional, and technical competencies aligned with the Faculty’s programs and concentrations.

To learn more, visit the iSkills webpage.

University of Toronto Libraries workshops

Virtual workshops will be on offer throughout the term. Check the workshop calendar for listings.

Research & reference help

Research and reference help are available to FI students via the UTL various Ask Services, such as the AskChat with a Librarian service, library help email, and the virtual consultation service. Use them to find out about library resources, services, and facilities;  get help with search strategies, and more. UTL also maintains a large collection of FAQs to help students navigate the library website and find what they seek.

No in-person research and reference service is available at this time.

The liaison librarian, Nalini K. Singh, for Information Studies and Museum Studies may be directly contacted for research and reference help. Email  A list of liaison librarians for other subject specialities may be found in this list.

FI students may also consult a specially-curated page for FI students, made up of research guides, writing and citing help, and more.