Services for persons with disabilities

The UTSC Library strives to ensure that the library and its resources are fully supported and accessible. Students who have a disability are encouraged to register with AccessAbility services. 

The services and facilities available to persons with disabilities are listed below. Requests for services not listed here can be made to the staff in the AccessAbility office. For more information, see:

  1. Extended Library services and facilities
  2. Responsibilities of persons with disabilities

Extended library services and facilities


There is an elevator located near the entrance of the library.

Automatic door openers are provided at:

  • entrance
  • washrooms
  • group study rooms AC251A, AC252, AC255, AC284, AC285
  • silent study room AC338
  • mindfulness space AC258
  • archives AC260
  • one button studio AC286

Retrieval of books

Library staff will assist persons with disabilities patrons in the retrieval of library materials. Call the Information and Reference desk (416-287-7500), or arrange for this service in person. When making your request, provide:

  • the call number
  • the title
  • your UTORid

The items will be checked out to you and held for three days at the desk.

Access to specialized equipment and furniture

The library is equipped with:

Contact library staff for information about or assistance with the CCTV or to sign out the adjustable chair.


Photocopiers and printers are available at the front of the library.

Please notify staff if you require assistance.

Photocopies of course reserves can be made if an enlargement is necessary. Photocopies can be picked up the following business day.

Publications in alternative formats

Upon request, publications can be made available in Braille, large print, electronic disc or audiocassette. Please contact AccessAbility staff to arrange for this service.

Service animals

Please see the University of Toronto's service animals guideline.

Responsibilities of persons with disabilities

If you have a disability that hinders you from making full use of library services, you are encouraged to register with AccessAbility Services.  U of T Scarborough library staff will work with AccessAbility to ensure that the extended services provided will accommodate your needs. For more information, contact AccessAbility services

Making your needs known

Library staff are here to ensure that the library's resources are as accessible as possible. However, it is the responsibility of the library user to inform staff of their needs.

Reporting your whereabouts

For safety reasons, if you require assistance entering and exiting the library please report your arrival, whereabouts, and departure to Information and Reference desk staff. In the case of an emergency, library staff need to know the location of students that are mobility impaired so that fire department staff can be notified. Please familiarize yourself with emergency fire exits and fire emergency procedures posted at the front of the library. Elevators do not operate in the event of a fire.

Proxy borrower authorization

If you need to have someone else check out books and pick them up on your behalf, you must designate a proxy borrower to retrieve and check out materials in your name.

You are responsible for materials checked out by the proxy.

Please see staff at the Information and Reference desk for a Pickup Authorization Form.


We want to hear from you. Please submit your feedback, comments, or suggestions.These will help the library to improve services.