Renovations at the U of T Scarborough Library

an artistic rendering of the renovations on the first floor of the library

The U of T Scarborough Library is excited to be undergoing renovations to provide improved spaces and services for the campus community. Planning and pre-work began in 2017 and physical renovations began in September 2021. These will be completed in three phases by 2025. 

Phase I of the renovation is partially completed and open to the UTSC community. 

Key changes 

  • More group study rooms 
  • One Button Studio 
  • New lounge and event space 
  • Dedicated short term loan area for course reserves and tech lending items 
  • More outlets 
  • Improved access to the book stacks 

What is moving? 

  • Course Reserves: New course reserves and tech lending room. 
  • Makerspace: As of September 2021, the Makerspace is located in AC256. 
  • Mindfulness Space: As of September 2022, the Mindfulness Space is located in AC258.

Timeline / Phases 

2018-2021 Pre-renovation: 

Level 1 & 2 books and materials were moved to compact storage and/or Highland Hall; bookshelves were removed; area was blocked off for construction. 


  • Phase 1: Enhanced students' areas on level 1; new course reserves area; new book stacks; Digital Scholarship Unit staff space. 2023-2024 
  • Phase 2: Improved staff space on level 1. 


  • Phase 3: New group study rooms on level 2; new soft seating on level 2; improvements to the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room. 

Please excuse the noise while improvements are being made. We are trying to keep the loudest portions of the construction for non-peak hours. Should there be noises interrupting your time at the library, feel free to get earplugs at the library front desk at no cost. 

For more on available library spaces, please visit the library front desk or our location and maps page

Stay in the know! Follow the library's social media, call 416-287-7500,  or visit the library front desk.