COVID-19: Updates on library services and operations

Updated September 7, 2021

Health and safety requirements are in place for coming to campus. This includes our libraries. Check the full details.

Watch this page for updates about the University of Toronto Libraries' physical reopening of our spaces, services, and operations. 

Libraries are open to current University of Toronto students, faculty, and staff. Check this page for library specifics and conditions.

Access to Library collections

Stacks access

  • The stacks at the UTSC Library are open as of September 7, 2021 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

One more due date extension

  • Checked out items currently due on September 29, 2021 have been extended one more time
  • New due dates depend on the category of library user
  • To see the new due dates and learn more, check the Borrowing page
  • Note that as of September 7, these active loans will be subject to recall by other library users

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

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 has resumed - 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

  • Entry to the UTSC Library is by TCard access only, and library users must show a green UCheck status
  • 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 UTSC Library Makerspace has temporarily moved to AC256 due to renovations. The Makerspace is currently closed, but will reopen on September 13, 2021; check out online workshops provided by the Makerspace team.

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 individual study rooms can be booked at the UTSC Library via the Intranet

Technology lending

Printing, copying, and scanning

Food services

Remote resources and guidance

UTSC Library staff are ready to continue assisting students, faculty, and staff online. 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.