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Alumni library access

You qualify as alumni if you completed four or more degree credits at U of T, but are no longer a current student. As an alum, you access the library differently than when you were a student.

Online resources

You can access our ebooks, online journals, and other electronic resources in person at a public access (LIRA) computer. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer remote access to our online resources to alumni, but you can request them through your local library’s interlibrary loan program if it has one.


The alumni readeralumni research reader, and OISE alumni cards all give you borrowing privileges.  If your local library has an interlibrary loan program, you can use that to borrow from our collection.

Study space

Most libraries are open to the public for quiet study.

In Robarts, floors 1-5 and 8 are open to the public during regular hours.  This does not include the extended, overnight hours.

Robarts stacks access

Most libraries have open book stacks, but Robarts stacks (floors 9-13) are restricted.  You can request materials from the stacks at the Loans Desk or get access with:

Research help

Many library research support services will help alumni to some extent, including our main email and chat services. We can also refer you to other sources of research help.

More information

We would like to hear from you  about your information and library needs and about your experiences with our library so that we may serve you better. Email us at