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University College Library

The UC Library is closed for the summer from May 1 to September 4, 2019. But you can still borrow UC Library books during the summer, by appointment or delivery.

The UC Library is a welcoming study space with lots of natural light and browsable shelves full of academic books, bestsellers, graphic novels and literature, which you can find in the U of T Library Catalogue. It's also the home of the UC Writing Centre.

Many of our academic books support the UC-affiliated programs: Canadian Studies; Cognitive Science; Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies; Health Studies; Sexual Diversity Studies; and UC One: Engaging Toronto.

Browse Our Books


Need a study break? Check out our popular Bestsellers section (fiction and non-fiction paperbacks).

Award-Winning Books

Interested in award-winning fiction, non-fiction, plays, or poetry? We have hundreds of award-winning books for over twenty literary prizes -- both Canadian prizes (Giller, Governor General's, etc.) and international ones (Booker, Pulitzer, etc.).

Graphic Novels

Like graphic novels? We have lots -- plus some interesting books about graphic novels.

Browse our Graphic Novels section in the U of T Library Catalogue.

Writing, Academic Skills & Careers

A browsable section of books on how to write; academic skills like research and studying; and careers. You can borrow almost all of these books.

Browse our books about writing, academic skills and careers in the U of T Library Catalogue.

Staff Picks

Looking for an interesting read? Why not try a book recommended by one of our UC library assistants?

Browse our staff picks.

Books by UC Authors

There are hundreds of authors among University College alumni and faculty.

Browse UC authors.

Purdy Collection

About 3,000 Canadian literature books which once belonged to the Canadian poet, Al Purdy (for use within the UC Library).

Browse the Purdy Collection in the U of T Library Catalogue.

About UC History

Our study space offers:

  • large windows
  • four-person tables
  • individual study carrels
  • 20 PC computers
  • wifi
  • 36 power outlets
  • printer (15 cents/page)
  • scanner (free)
  • photocopier (10 cents/page)


  • Due to the UC Building Revitalization, the wheelchair-accessible entrance to University College is temporarily closed as a safety precaution during the current phase of construction. Unfortunately, no alternative barrier-free entry will be possible until at least April 2019.
  • If this affects your ability to borrow books from the University College Library, you may wish to contact Services to Students with Disabilities, University of Toronto Libraries ( or 416-978-1957),to to request that the book(s) you need to have retrieved from the UC Library and left for you at the Robarts Library Loan Services Desk (but please note that this can take some time). Also feel free to contact the University College Librarian with any questions or concerns: 416-978-4634.
  • We apologize for this setback on the road to making UC a more accessible building in the coming year. For information on all construction-related closures and a list of available entrances, please visit: