COVID-19: Updates on library services and operations

Updated May 2, 2022

Watch this page for updates about the UTSC Library's physical offerings of our spaces, services, and operations.

Libraries are open to current University of Toronto students, faculty, and staff. Check this page for information about individual libraries.

May 2, 2022

The University, including U of T Libraries, is keeping its masking policies in place until June 30, 2022


Access to Library collections

Stacks access

  • The stacks at the UTSC Library are open for current U of T students, faculty, and staff
  • Check the library status page for opening status and conditions for all University of Toronto libraries

Physical course reserves

Syllabus service and material requests

  • Faculty members and instructors can check the course readings page for information on how to make readings available to students
  • To request a purchase, faculty may contact their liaison librarian or fill out this form  

Scan and deliver service

Renewals

  • Current U of T students, faculty, and staff will now get unlimited renewals for regular loans – this temporary measure has been put in place until further notice to help support a gradual return to campus.
  • Check the borrowing services page for more information e.g., exceptions and exemptions.

Request a hold

  • Library users are now able to place holds on items that are checked out as well as items that are currently in the library
  • Borrowers must be signed into LibrarySearch to see the requesting functions
  • Look for the blue SIGN IN button on the upper right
  • The ability to place holds on items currently in the library is equivalent to what was known as the Curbside Delivery Service

Request Intercampus Delivery (ICD)

  • ICD service is available - you may request books from other U of T campuses
  • Borrowers must be signed into LibrarySearch to see the requesting functions; look for the blue SIGN IN button on the upper right

Request Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

  • ILL is available for both physical and electronic items
  • New users to RACER (our ILL self-serve system) no longer need to set up an account

Physical facilities and resources

UTSC Library hours

Building access

  • Library users must show a green UCheck screen upon entrance to the UTSC Library
  • All libraries are open to current students, faculty, and staff only
  • Some libraries have additional conditions
  • For information on access and hours for other libraries, see Library status 2021/2022

UTSC Library Makerspace  

The BRIDGE  

  • The BRIDGE is open in person and remotely.  Get easy access to information on support and resources in business, finance, and entrepreneurship in one place.
  • The BRIDGE also provides access to research tools and data resources for Management students in support of course assignments; visit The BRIDGE for full details on specialized databases and software tools 

Study space and computers

  • Computers and wifi access is available for current students, faculty, and staff
  • Regular study space is available; check other library websites for their information
  • Six study rooms can be booked at the UTSC Library via the Intranet

Technology lending

Printing, copying, and scanning

Food services

  • Here is a list of eating establishments on the UTSC campus
  • Food is not allowed in the library (temporary measure); drinks in spill-proof containers are permitted

Resources and guidance

UTSC Library staff are ready to continue assisting students, faculty, and staff. Visit our Ask page for an overview of help available, or contact your liaison librarian.

Zoom backgrounds 

Missing your favourite UTSC study spots and work spaces? Now you can be there digitally with virtual backgrounds selected from the UTSC Library's UTSC Archives Legacy Collection and the UTSC Photographic Services Collection

Download backgrounds from the UTSC Zoom backgrounds page.