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Get help from the Libraries for your online teaching, learning and research

Support for instructors:   St. George | UTM | UTSC
Support for students:       St. George | UTM | UTSC
Support for researchers:  St. GeorgeUTM | UTSC

  • This page summarizes support resources available to members of the U of T community.
  • Use the many links below to find more detailed information.
  • IMPORTANT: Services may change due to health & safety reasons – keep updated with the info on this page.

Support for instructors

Support for teaching: St. George | UTM | UTSC

  • Student research support: Point your students to the best resources and databases for their assignments. Start a conversation with your liaison librarian about librarian-built online research guides, subject-specific or course-specific, with links to major databases, research tips, and key library contacts.  More information here.
    ContactYour liaison librarian

  • Online research consultations:  Students may request virtual consultations with a librarian. Librarians teaching in courses may be able to participate on class discussion boards, host online drop-in sessions, or develop additional instruction videos to support learning.  
    ContactYour liaison librarian

  • Course readings & reserves support: Our Scholarly Community and Copyright Office is available to help you with course readings, e-books, and digitized copies of printed materials. Help with purchasing, digitizing, and negotiating permissions with publishers is also available.
    ContactSyllabus Service

  • Textbooks: Support of textbooks remains a challenge for libraries in online environment. We are working with instructors to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives

  • Online video resources:  Many streaming video resources are available for educational use and as licensed streaming content. We can purchase them for you through Kanopy and Docuseek, if available.  
    ContactMedia Commons purchase request form

  • Lecture streaming: Use the MyMedia media repository for streaming lectures. The streams can be placed in your Quercus course pages.

For many additional strategies, please see the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation's Continuity Planning page.

Support for students

Support for students: St. George | UTM | UTSC

Use the information in this summary to help make effective and efficient use of our resources, services, and facilities.

Facilities & technology  |  Collections  |  Research assistance  |  COVID-19 info  |  Health & wellness  

Library facilities & technology

  • [CURRENTLY SUSPENDED] Physically-distanced study spaces are available at some libraries

  • [CURRENTLY SUSPENDED EXCEPT FOR TAS] Access to computers and wifi is available for Fall 2020/Winter 2021

  • Specialized software on library computers can be accessed via the RemoteLab service

Library collections

  • HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service offers online access to print materials in UTL stacks that HathiTrust holds in digital form
  • [CURBSIDE SERVICE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED] Items in library stacks NOT available via HathiTrust may be requested through our Curbside Pickup Service – participating libraries include Robarts, Gerstein Science Information Centre, OISE, Downsview high-volume storage facility, and many others.
  • Interlibrary Loan is available for requesting e-resources not held by the University of Toronto Libraries
  • Check the old exam repository to get an idea of what may be on your finals. Access with your UTORid and password – answers are not included!

Research assistance

COVID-19 information

Refer to the COVID-19 information guide and a COVID-19 Canadian government guide for factual and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation. 

Please continue to visit the central COVID-19 hub for the U of T community, which is frequently updated with the latest  information.

You may also submit questions through the Contact Us button on the FAQs. Questions will be routed to the appropriate office and staff will respond as soon as possible.

Health & wellness resources


  • Check out Criterion on Demand to stream thousands of films with a UTORid login from wherever you are. It’s like Netflix, but free! Recently added films include the Academy-award winning film Parasite.

  • Explore more Media Commons streaming video resources e.g., Medici TV, with classical music videos including opera, ballet, and symphonies.

  • Toronto Public Library (TPL) is offering temporary access to e-books for those without a TPL card.

Physical & mental health supports

  • Train at home with U of T Fitness & Performance. Visit the F & P Instagram page for short fitness videos.  

  • Good2Talk is a free, confidential and anonymous helpline for post-secondary students in Ontario, available 24/7/365. Call1-866-925-5454.

  • My Student Support Program – My SSP – provides free, confidential, and immediate mental health support for all U of T students. Available 24/7 in multiple languages. Download the My SSP App or call 1-844-451-9700. 

  • Take a meditation break. Some U of T Mindful Moments sessions have gone online (check the schedule). *Starting September 21* 

Other University of Toronto resources

  • Academic Success Resources is a new non-credit Quercus course to help you manage stress, use evidence-based study techniques, connect with supportive people and resources, and more!  Available 24/7, your toolkit includes five keys to succeed at U of T:
    • Manage stress
    • Practice positive self-talk
    • Study in ways that work
    • Build productivity habits
    • Connect with people and resources ready to support you

Support for researchers 

Support for researchers: St. GeorgeUTM | UTSC

Stay on track with your research activities using these resources from the University of Toronto Libraries. 

Find research material  |  Curbside Pickup Service  |  Research data  |  Tspace  |  Open Access  |  Research impact  |  Researcher identity  |  Current awareness  |  Citation management  |  More help

Find online books, journals, & other research materials

Digital materials to support your research include e-booksarticle databasesprimary source databases, and streaming videos.  

For books and articles in the stacks of closed UTL libraries, or for items not held by UTL:

  • Check the HathiTrust ETAS service to see if they have an electronic copy of a UTL print-only item
  • Request UTL print books via our Curbside Pickup Service, as long as item is not available in HathiTrust's digital collections
  • Place an Interlibrary Loan requestfor e-articles or e-books another organization's library, if available 
  • Request that UTL buy an electronic copy to add to our collections. Our collections librarians will try to purchase, and send you the link.
  • Some publishers are providing expanded access to their e-resources during this time, which may include books, journals, primary sources and multi-media collections. Contact your liaison librarian for more information
  • Check the Toronto Public Library (TPL) to see if they have it in their e-collections – you may register online for a temporary TPL virtual card

Liaison librarians and virtual research appointments are available to help you hone your research strategies and find material. See also our online research guides in all subject areas, for advice, useful tools, and links to the best resources.

Curbside Pickup Service

[CURRENTLY SUSPENDED] Robarts Library, UTM Library, UTSC Library, Gerstein Science Information Centre, Downsview high-volume storage facility, and many other UTL libraries are offering a Curbside Pickup Service for print books, DVDs, and more.

Organize and manage your research data & sources

Research data management 

Research data management can keep your data organized and help you address potential grant or publishing requirements. To get started, review the steps below: 

Data analysis software  

The Map & Data Library negotiates and administers access to several different data analysis tools. See more on their statistical software page. U of T researchers may obtain a free copy of NVivo. You may also request a copy of ArcGIS for your own computer. 

If you are a UTM researcher, please visit UTM’s Research Scholarship and Data Services page. 

Deposit your papers in TSpace  

Depositing your research in TSpace, U of T’s institutional repository, is one way to publish OA and comply with funding requirements, including the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. Visit the First Time Users page or Help and FAQs to learn more. 

Increase research visibility & comply with funding requirements with Open Access (OA) support from University of Toronto Libraries

Open Access (OA) refers to scholarly research that is freely available online, without cost or licensing restrictions. Making your research openly accessible increases its visibility, helps to advance research in your field, and allows more people across the globe to benefit from the important work that you do. Many grants and funding agencies also have policies that require recipients to make their research openly accessible.  

A wide variety of open access options are available to researchers. Follow these steps on how to publish OA and find out how the Libraries can provide support to determine which is best for you. Make sure you know your rights as an author before you publish! 

Measure your research impact 

An author's impact within their field or discipline has traditionally been measured using the number of times their academic publications are cited by other researchers. There are several ways your impact can be measured. Because of this, a simple way to illustrate your impact is to create a complete list of your publications and the number of times they have been cited. 

For more information, visit our research impact and bibliometrics research guides.  

Manage your researcher identity  

Have you set up a Researcher ID? Creating and maintaining an online presence has numerous benefits. These tools can help to:  

  • Identify your unique work and increase its discoverability   

  • Eliminate publication misattribution  

  • Improve efficiency by preventing a researcher from entering in data more than once 

  • Build a professional network of researchers with similar interests  

  • Provide more accurate metrics 

The University of Toronto Libraries joined ORCID-CA, the ORCID Consortium in Canada, in 2017. If you do not have an ORCID profile, now is a great time to set one up! 

Track the literature with Current Awareness profiles 

Current awareness searches can help you keep up with the newest research in your field, as well as broaden your view by finding research in other fields. Many databases allow you to create a search on a topic or researcher, and set up alerts for when new literature matching the search has been added to the database. Some databases also allow you to create alerts to let you know when a paper is cited. 

For help setting up an alert, review this guide on setting up current awareness profiles or contact your liaison librarian.  

Manage your research sources with citation software

Try using citation management software to help you collect citations from UTL licensed databases, to manage and organize sources, and to create bibliographies in various citation styles.

Need more help? Contact us: 

– Last updated April 30, 2021