Information and reference desk

Reference Help

The information and reference desk is on the main floor of the library next to the staircase.  At the desk during library hours staff will be present to help you find the information that you need.  Staff will assist you with researching for an assignment or on a topic and with many other things.

Photo of the information and reference desk

Library reference staff can help you with:

  • getting started on researching a topic or assignment, choosing resources or developing a search strategy
  • searching the catalogue, databases, and research guides for the most useful information
  • referrals to your liaison librarian or help centres like the Math and Statistics Learning Centre or the Writing Centre

Research guides

See our research guides by subject or by course code for online research advice, useful tools, and the best resources for your research needs curated by expert U of T librarians.

Library workshops

We offer in-class workshop sessions for students on topics such as searching the web for scholarly content, using discipline-specific library databases, and using citation management software like RefWorks.

Liaison librarian appointment

Request a consultation with your liaison librarian who will provide expert assistance on finding and evaluating resources, designing a research strategy, and uncovering hard-to-find information.

Contact information