Accessing the collections

General Collection

Everyone is welcome to use our materials within the library. Those with one of the following library cards may borrow materials:

Catalogue search

The Graham Library is part of the U of T Libraries system. All of our holdings can be searched online using the U of T Libraries Catalogue page.

Searching U of T Libraries Catalogue for Graham Library holdings

  1. Go to the U of T Libraries Catalogue.
  2. Select the catalogue tab.
  3. Enter your search terms and click search.
  4. Results will show the holdings for all U of T Libraries. Look on the left-hand side of this screen at the column Refine results. At the top of this column is a breakdown by individual library that have holdings related to your search.
  5. Select Trinity College (Graham Library) to see items located here.

Request items from Graham Library storage (TRIN Storage & WYCLIFFE Storage items)

Some older items are located in on-site storage, which will be noted in the catalogue. See example record.
To request a storage item, bring the call number and title information to the circulation desk, and it can usually be retrieved for you right away during regular library opening hours.

Rare books and special collections material

All rare books and special collections material is non-circulating and can be viewed between 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

Drop-in requests can be accommodated if submitted before 4:30 pm but this is not guaranteed. To ensure material will be available for you to view contact the library at or by phone at 416-978-5851 to make advanced arrangements. Please provide the call number and title of the item you wish to view. See example rare books record in the U of T catalogue.

Required identification

Everyone submitting a request to view rare or special materials must provide identification in the form of the following:

  • TCard
  • Library card from another educational institute
  • Driver's license or other photo identification


  • When viewing rare books or special collections material, you may use a soft pencil or laptop in the reading room. Pens, water bottles, jackets, bags are not permitted and will be stored in the library office.
  • You may request to view multiple items, but you may only view one at a time. If you have a special requirement to examine items simultaneously this may be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
  • No photocopying of materials.
  • Photography may be permitted pending approval from library staff.