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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
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University College Library

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University College Library's physical space closed temporarily on March 15, 2020 and will remain closed throughout the Fall 2020 semester. But we are lending books via the Curbside Pickup Service.

U of T Libraries are offering many services during the pandemic (including study space at selected libraries, remote help, and  lots of online resources): COVID-19: Updates on Library Services and Operations

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 Revitalization Project Construction, there will be no wheelchair-accessible entrance to University College until further notice.
  • 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.
  • Since the UC Quad is a high-traffic construction zone during this phase of the project, the rear laneway has been blocked and entry must be restricted as a safety precaution. We will continue to evaluate the situation and we hope to be able re-open our barrier-free entrance as soon as possible.   Should you need to attend a meeting or event in the building, please contact, in advance, to arrange for an escort through the construction zone.  We apologize for this temporary setback to improved accessibility at UC.  Creating barrier-free spaces remains a central part of the Revitalization mandate, and we will continue to move forward with eyes on that important goal.For information on all construction-related closures and a list of available entrances, please visit: