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Library Services

The John W. Graham Library offers a number of services to University of Toronto community members including research consultations, faculty research and course support, instruction in research and information-seeking strategies, group study spaces and computer workstations. Click on the menu items on your right to learn more about borrowing services, technology support, and resources for students, faculty and alumni.


COVID-19 Response

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent closure of the Graham Library, certain services will be offered on a limited basis.

Fulfillment Services

  • Please use the book drop located to the immediate left of the east-side library entrance to return all Graham Library material. Material from other libraries should be returned to the location from where it was borrowed.
  • All inter-campus delivery has been halted, and books from Downsview will not be retrieved.
  • Patrons will continue to have access to their library account online.
  • Any questions about fulfillment services should be directed to ask.grahamlibrary@utoronto.ca.

InfoExpress

The Graham Library InfoExpress Service for Trinity and Wycliffe College faculty and graduate students is continuing in a limited capacity. If an item is available in a digital format, delivery is possible within 24-hours. Please see below for access to items in the library’s print collection. For more information or to make a request for an item, please contact infoexpress.grahamlibrary@utoronto.ca.

Reference & Research Support

  • First-year Trinity College students may continue to contact their personal librarians for consultations via e-mail, online chat, or videoconference.
  • Arts students requesting research assistance should contact the Instructional & Reader Services Librarian, Katie Holmes, for consultations via e-mail, online chat, or videoconference.
  • Divinity students requesting research assistance should contact the Theological Librarian, Thomas Power.
  • Divinity students may consult this Guide to Accessing Electronic Resources in the University of Toronto Libraries.

Access to Print Collection

Curbside Pickup

The John W. Graham Library is providing curbside pickup services to its print collection. The library remains closed to the public and library patrons are not permitted entrance into the library building. Curbside pickup will be available Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Toronto can access the curbside pickup service through the UTL catalogue. Toronto School of Theology students pursuing non-conjoint degrees and patrons with extramural borrowing privileges must submit a request using our online form. Please continue reading for more information.

Please note that this service does not replace InfoExpress. If you use InfoExpress, e-mail the library directly at infoexpress.grahamlibrary@utoronto.ca.

Before submitting your request, please note the following restrictions to the curbside pickup service:

  • Only registered University of Toronto students, faculty, and staff may use this service.
  • Only items that are not available through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access service (see below) will be available for curbside pickup. Library staff will confirm that your requested material is unavailable via HathiTrust.
  • Only books owned by the Graham Library are available at this time. If you are looking for a book owned by a different campus library at U of T, please contact the owning library directly to learn about potential options for access.
  • There is a limit of 10 books per pickup. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own bags to transport books home. Bags will not be provided.
  • Requested material that is not picked up by the end of the agreed-upon pickup day will be removed from your account and returned to the shelves.
Curbside Pickup Application Process | U of T Students, Faculty, & Staff
  1. Navigate to library.utoronto.ca to search for items in the UTL collection.
  2. If the item is available at the Graham Library, click on the “Get Help” button.
  3. On the “Request an Item” page, select “Request Curbside Pickup”. You will have to log in using the barcode on your TCard and your PIN.
  4. If the item is held at more than one library, you can select from where you would like to retrieve it. Select “Trinity College (John W Graham)”, enter your e-mail address, and click “Submit request”.
  5. Within two business days, we will email you to approve your request and confirm your pick-up time. Please confirm this time before your arrival. When you come to the library, please remember to wear a face mask.
  6. At the time specified in the email, come to the east-side door outside the library building. This is the entrance across the driveway from Trinity College, with the interior vestibule. When you arrive, call us at 416-978-5851 to let the staff know you are there.
  7. Hold up your identification to the window for staff to confirm your identity. Staff will place your book(s) on a table inside the vestibule.
  8. Once staff have gone back inside the library, you may open the exterior door (we encourage you to use the accessibility panel located to the right of the door) and retrieve your books.
Curbside Pickup Application Process | Non-conjoint TST Students & Extramural Borrowers
  1. Submit a request using our online form. You will be directed to include information including times you are available to come to the library to retrieve your requested book(s). Please allow the library 24-hours to process your request.
  2. Within two business days, we will email you to approve your request and confirm your pick-up time. Please confirm this time before your arrival. When you come to the library, please remember to wear a face mask.
  3. At the time specified in the email, come to the east-side door outside the library building. This is the entrance across the driveway from Trinity College, with the interior vestibule. When you arrive, call us at 416-978-5851 to let the staff know you are there.
  4. Hold up your identification to the window for staff to confirm your identity. Staff will place your book(s) on a table inside the vestibule.
  5. Once staff have gone back inside the library, you may open the exterior door (we encourage you to use the accessibility panel located to the right of the door) and retrieve your books.

Any questions about the curbside pickup service can be directed to ask.grahamlibrary@utoronto.ca.

HathiTrust

The University of Toronto is now a participant in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). This means that during the University of Toronto Libraries’ closure due to COVID-19, current students and faculty can read digitized versions of the library’s in-copyright print books that have been deposited in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

The Emergency Temporary Access Service enables:

The ETAS collection will only be available while our physical libraries are closed.

Accessing HathiTrust
  1. Read and agree to the terms of use statement.
  2. Click through to the HathiTrust.
  3. From anywhere on the HathiTrust website, click the yellow LOG IN.
  4. Find and select “University of Toronto” in the list of partner institutions.
  5. Log in with your UTORid and password.
  6. When you have successfully logged in, you will be returned to the HathiTrust website.
  7. Enter your search terms in the search bar and select the “Search HathiTrust” button to submit your search.

If you cannot find what you’re looking for, contact us at ask.grahamlibrary@utoronto.ca for assistance.

UTL’s partnership with HathiTrust

This arrangement, which respects Canadian copyright law, has been made possible by the University of Toronto Libraries’ membership in HathiTrust – a nonprofit partnership of academic and research institutions which preserves digitized books, journals, and other print materials, and makes them as accessible as possible under copyright law.

In addition to the digitized books held by HathiTrust which are also in our print collection, all library users continue to have access to more than 6.7 million public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works in HathiTrust, including the ability to download the full text of those works.

By offering this service HathiTrust is helping the University of Toronto Libraries continue to support teaching and research while we are physically distancing to protect the health of our community.

Please visit this page to learn more about U of T’s HathiTrust membership.