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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
Large library with spiral staircase and stained glass windows

University College Library

The UC Library's new location is a revitalized heritage space on the south side of the UC building which was the original home of the UC Library in the 19th century.

The UC Library may currently be used by:
  • U of T students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • UTS students
  • external researchers who have purchased a U of T library card

Members of the public who would like to enter briefly to see our revitalized heritage space are welcome to do so.

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 (by appointment only; please contact the UC Librarian).

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

About UC History

Our study space offers:

  • study tables in book-lined alcoves
  • a mezzanine with comfy armchairs
  • stained glass windows and other lovely heritage features
  • power and USB plugs throughout the library
  • wifi


An important aspect of the University College Revitalization project was improving accessibility:

  • There's now an accessible ramped entrance at the southwest corner of the building (near the Cadario Conference Centre in Croft Chapter House).
  • New ramps within the building lead from the accessible entrance to a new elevator, located near the building's main entrance on the south side of the building.
  • The elevator leads to two entrances to the UC Library: our main entrance on the second floor of the College (room 266) and an entrance to our mezzanine (room 366), on the third floor of UC.