About the UTSC Library

Photograph of the computer stations in the UTSC Library from the 2nd floor

The Library at UTSC developed from humble beginnings.  In the early days of the Scarborough campus the UTSC Library was located in the Science Wing.  As the campus grew, the Library quickly outgrew its facilities and at various points in the 1970s book overflow was stored in a local residential house, and at various other book storage areas across campus including tunnels, portables and, for a time, a barn in the valley.  In 1978/79 the Students’ Council raised $400,000 towards the construction of an expanded, stand-alone Library.  In March of 1982 the V.W. Bladen Library, named in honour of the former U of T Dean of Arts and Science (and honorary lecturer at UTSC ) Vincent Bladen opened its doors for the first time.

The current library opened in 2003 as a part of the new Academic Resource Centre, adjacent to the Library’s original location in what is now called the Bladen Wing.  Scarborough’s local collections include over 300,000 print volumes, almost 700 print journal subscriptions, more than 2000 sound recordings and over 1,000 videos and films.  UTSC students, faculty, and staff also have access to 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 through the library’s integration with the complete U of T Library system (the third largest academic library system in North America, behind Harvard and Yale).  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 extensive reference and research support.  Students and faculty can receive research assistance in person (book an appointment with your liaison librarian), by telephone, through email and through the online Ask a Librarian chat service.

The UTSC Library is your key to opening a doorway to a vast array of information and expertise, and we look forward to seeing you in the future, and assisting you with your research and information needs!