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What's new

Light therapy lamps now at Robarts Library

Beat the "winter blues" with one of our new light therapy lamps. Just 20-30 minutes can help you feel like it's spring again.

Final exam “unstudy” spots at Robarts and Gerstein

From December 5-20 unwind with colouring, origami, puzzles and more at Robarts Library and Gerstein Science Information Centre.

Explore our ebook platforms and collections

We've compiled a list of our major ebook providers so you can see how to access and use ebooks in each collection.

Call for applications: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library 2018 Summer Seminar

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library 2018 Summer Seminar on the topic of descriptive bibliography.

Flickering of the Flame: The Book and the Reformation

Mon, Sep. 25, 2017 to Wed, Dec. 20, 2017
This exhibition examines the role the printed word played in facilitating the revolution sparked by Martin Luther 500 years ago when he publicly posted his 95 theses in Germany.

The Journey of the Book

Ever wonder how a book gets onto the library shelves? Watch our photo-essay on YouTube.

TPL MAP program

We partnered with the Toronto Public Library to offer the popular Sun Life Financial Museum and Arts Pass (MAP) program to U of T students while supplies last.

U of T Showcase 150

In recognition of Canada 150, campus archives and special collections have come together to showcase their unique, diverse holdings within the context of 150 years of Canada's historical narrative.

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This bookshelf-style app allows you to browse, read, share, and save online journals directly to your iOS or Android tablet or smartphone.

Student Journal Forum – January 24, 2018

Involved in student journal publishing? Attend the Student Journal Forum to learn about best practices to help sustain or start your publication.

Mad about Shakespeare? New exhibition at the Gerstein Library

From Dec 18 - Jan 27, discover how ancient beliefs on the mind-body connection shaped some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters.

Robarts Common

A major expansion of the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, will start to take shape this summer thanks to a transformational gift from Drs. Russell and Katherine Morrison. We are pleased to announce that the firm Harbridge + Cross Limited will shortly begin construction of the Robarts Common.

More information about Robarts Common


Introduction to Business Resources Date: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Gerstein Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Students of all disciplines learn the types of documents available related to company, industry and market research. Includes overview of public versus private companies, subscription resources, government sources of information, and evaluating sources found online.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop skills to find and evaluate business information resources
  • Comprehend the basics of market research and industry reports
  • Practice finding relevant industry reports and company information

Next session: January 19, 2018, 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Instruction Lab, second floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre
Instructors: Holly Inglis, Public Services Librarian, Rotman. [email protected]

This session is part of the Entrepreneurship Research Skills co-curricular record. To participate, bring your T-Card and register at the beginning of the session.

Research and Writing Seminar: Critical Reading Date: Monday, January 22, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: E.J. Pratt Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Research and Writing Seminars: Develop Your Scholarly Voice. Each session in this suite of four interactive seminars integrates the learning of academic research and writing skills and is taught by a librarian in collaboration with a writing instructor. The goal of each seminar is to help you develop your own voice as an emerging scholar by enabling you to identify, situate and substantiate your arguments in the context of the scholarly discussion taking place in your discipline. The seminars are designed for humanities and social sciences undergraduate students. Graduate students might wish to consider the research-related skills offerings in the Graduate Professional Skills Program.

Take any three (3) of the four (4) seminars to earn credit on your Co-Curricular Record.

Critical Reading

Learn how to develop critical reading skills and how to incorporate them into the process of research and critical writing. This session concentrates on the skills of analysis and synthesis as they pertain to library research and academic writing. Through short lectures, interactive class discussion and hands-on exercises, you will learn to:

  • Describe the scholarly communication process, including the peer review process
  • Conduct university-level library research and understand the basics of the argumentative essay
  • Identify different types of sources and understand their role in your research process
  • Read strategically to select the best sources and recognize their most important part(s).
  • Employ criteria to evaluate sources for scope, authority and bias

Key terms for this session: Peer review, 3-D Reading, Bloom’s Taxonomy, primary & secondary sources.

Location: E.J. Pratt Library, E-Classroom (room 306) Directions

Other seminars in this series include:

  • Writing to Cite
  • Annotated Bibliographies
  • Literature Reviews
Student Journal Forum Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

University of Toronto Libraries invites you to our 3rd annual Student Journal Forum! Whether you are publishing a journal or thinking about starting one, this event is for you. Undergraduate and graduate students from all three campuses are welcome!

This half-day will be filled with sessions and panels focused on helping you and your editorial team expand your knowledge of the journal publishing process. There will also be an opportunity to showcase your journal and network with others.

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 10am – 1:30pm 
Place: Blackburn Room, 4th floor, Robarts Library 
Check out the session schedule

Register here

Launchpad: Campus Resources for U of T Startups Date: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Gerstein Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Orientation to campus resources for students with startups or interested in startups, including startups and ventures, accelerators, courses and programs, library resources, commercialization, funding opportunities, and Toronto community resources.

You will leave with:

  • knowledge of how the university supports student and faculty startups through space, training, and mentorship
  • an understanding of campus accelerators, pitch competitions, and funding opportunities
  • further library workshops available on the topic of entrepreneurship research
  • a guide of where to go to find more information at U of T and around Toronto

Next session: January 26, 2018, 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: MADLab, 1 below, Gerstein Science Information Centre
Instructor: TBC

This session is part of the Entrepreneurship Research Skills co-curricular record. To participate, bring your T-Card and register at the beginning of the session.

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