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The Founding College of the University of Toronto

Borrowing Books

The due date for loans from U of T libraries has been extended until at least September 29, 2021.

UC Library books can be returned to the bookdrop outside Robarts Library (Robarts will send them to the UC Library).

The University College Library will be re-opening this Fall! We had to close temporarily due to the pandemic (in March 2020), and while we were closed, we moved! Our tentative date for re-opening is September 27, 2021 -- we're just waiting for a few finishing touches to our new location, a beautifully renovated heritage space ("East Hall," which was the original home of the UC Library in the 19th century).

For the latest on U of T Libraries services, see COVID-19: Updates on Fall 2021 library reopening.

How long is my loan period from the UC Library?

Most Books:

  • undergraduate students: 14 days
  • graduate students: 90 days
  • staff: 90 days
  • faculty: 90 days
  • other borrowers: please see Loan services (U of T Libraries).


Course Reserves:


  • all borrowers: 3 hours or 2 days or 5 days (depending on the book)

What is the maximum potential time I can keep a book, if my loan is eligible for renewals?

Most books:

  • undergraduate students: 84 days
  • graduate students: 360 days
  • staff: 360 days
  • faculty: 360 days
  • other borrowers: please see Loan services (U of T Libraries).


About renewals:


  • Please see Renewals .
  • You can't renew if another borrower has requested the book (i.e., placed a hold on it).
  • You can't renew Course Reserves - they're "first come, first served."

Where do I return my UC Library books?

  • You can return your UC Library books directly to the UC Library, or you can return them to Robarts Library (except for Course Reserves).
  • UTM or UTSC borrowers can return UC Library books to the UTM Library or UTSC Library — except for course reserves.
  • There is a book return box just outside the UC Library doors (2nd floor of University College). You can return your loans to this box whenever the UC building is open. We will check them in the next day and backdate the check-in to 11:59 pm the previous day.
  • Please return Course Reserves directly to our service desk.
  • If you borrowed books from another U of T library on the St. George campus, please return them to that other library, or to Robarts Library.

How to renew your loans

  • BY PHONE: 416-978-8450
  • IN PERSON: Bring your TCard or U of T library card