About us

UTSC Library

Photograph of the computer stations in the UTSC Library from the 2nd floorThe UTSC Library is a leader in academic library service and program development. We have piloted a self-serve, fully automated course reserve service; the highly successful Liaison Librarian Program is in the vanguard of the development of new roles for research libraries; and the Digital Scholarship Unit has forged partnerships with faculty, academic and administrative campus departments to collaborate on advances in digital scholarship and instruction.  The library offers an extensive reference and research service, where students and faculty can receive research assistance in person, by telephone, through email, and through the online Ask a Librarian chat service.  Students and faculty can book an appointment with a liaison librarian, to assist with course assignments, in both the development of the assignment, with faculty, or in finding resources to fulfill the assignment, for the student.

Scarborough holds a local collection of about 400,000 print items, journal subscriptions, sound recordings, videos and films, a leisure reading collection, special research and archival collections. Full access to the entire U of T Library system (the third largest academic library system in North America, behind Harvard and Yale) includes over 12 million print volumes in 128 languages, close to 100,000 serial subscriptions, 660,000 electronic journals and over 1,000,000 electronic books. For materials unavailable through the University of Toronto’s network of libraries, we will use our national and international agreements to get the requested material for you. In addition to the library’s extensive collections, we offer access to over 200 networked computer stations, individual and group study space, including silent study rooms and bookable group study rooms.

The UTSC Library is your physical and virtual portal to a vast array of information and expertise. The librarians and staff are available to assist you with your research and information needs. We look forward to your questions.

Message from the Chief Librarian

Photo of Chief Librarian Victoria Owen in the UTSC Library

Welcome to the University of Toronto Scarborough Library.

Our library is your gateway to an extensive network of scholarly materials. We invite you to make full use of the wide array of materials in many formats—digital, visual, audio and print—to support your research and study. The library’s collections are complemented by our innovative services and professional staff of librarians and technicians.

I invite you to visit the library, virtually or in person, to meet with your liaison librarian and discuss the information needs of your specific discipline. I encourage you to take the time to explore the website’s many access points to the collections and services you require. If you would like more information on the University of Toronto Scarborough Library, please contact me.

Victoria Owen

Chief Librarian

University of Toronto Scarborough Library