Collections

We have over 20,000 books, many of which are related to the academic programs affiliated with University College: Canadian Studies, Cognitive Science, Drama, Health Studies, and Sexual Diversity Studies. We have a Bestsellers collection, a great section on writing, academic skills & careers, lots of award winners, books by UC alumni authors, and UC Faculty Picks (books personally recommended by UC professors).

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Bestsellers

Need a study break? Why not check out our collection of paperback bestsellers, located just inside the entrance to the UC library?

We have series like The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, non-fiction authors like Malcolm Gladwell and Tina Fey, mystery writers like Louise Penny, romance authors like Nora Roberts, and award winners like Joseph Boyden.

You can borrow a Bestseller for three weeks (plus one renewal, unless someone else places a hold).

Browse our Bestsellers.

Writing, academic skills and careers

Laidlaw Library has an extensive collection of books on how to write; on academic skills like research and study skills; and on careers. You can borrow almost all of these books (a yellow note in the catalogue will tell you whether a particular book can be borrowed).

Browse the Writing, Academic Skills & Careers collection

There is a list of some of the most popular and useful books on the UC Writing Centre website.

Purdy Collection

This is a collection of about 3,000 Canadian literature books which once belonged to the Canadian poet Al Purdy. These books may only be used within Laidlaw Library. We also have a display case containing some of our favourites from the Purdy Collection.

You can drop by and browse most of the Purdy Collection, but: for Purdy books with "(S)" in the call number, please contact the UC Librarian in advance (416-978-4634, margaret.fulford@utoronto.ca), to ensure the book will be available when you come to the library.

Browse the Purdy Collection

Course reserves

Course reserves are located behind the circulation desk; these books may be borrowed from the library for three hours, two days, or five days (depending on the item).

It is not possible to renew a course reserve, and you can't place a hold on a course reserve (it's "first come, first served"). The fine for overdue course reserves (short term loans) is 50 cents per hour.

If you are an instructor wishing to place materials on reserve, please see Faculty Services.