Media Commons (Audiovisual, Media Archives, Microform)

Media Commons (Audiovisual, Media Archives and Microform)


Library hours

130 St George St, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A5

About the library

Media Commons - Archives
To support in-depth research by the University community, the Media Commons Archives holds numerous important collections that focus on Canadian film/video production, broadcasting, non-print journalism, media studies, and the music industry. Some of these include the Gordon Sparling Collection, the Frank Peers Collection, Moses Znaimer Collection, the Robert Lantos Collection, the Alliance Atlantis Collection, the Patrick Watson Collection, the Michael McClear Collection, the Michael Hirsh Collection, the Greg Gormick/Clyde Gilmour Collection, the Syd Kessler - Jody Colero Collection of advertising, the NOW Magazine Collection, and the Blue Rodeo Collection. They contain all film, video, audio, photographic, digital and printed media formats. Finding aids and guides available. For more information, please enquire.

Media Commons - Audio Visual
In support of the University of Toronto curriculum the Media Commons Audio Visual collection currently holds more than 15-thousand titles. These include DVDs, videos, 16mm films, audiocassettes and various other formats. The reference collection of books, indexes and periodicals includes locating and evaluating tools, media catalogues, guides and indexes. A variety of in-library media playback facilities for individual and group use is available. The Media Commons is wheelchair accessible and provides closed captioned facilities.  Media Commons Theatre is equipped with a hearing-assist system.

Media Commons - Microform
The Microtext collection contains back files of newspapers, periodicals, out-of-print books, dissertations and manuscripts.. The collection contains over 2- million items in microfilm, microfiche, and microprint. The Microtext section also holds print reference materials in the form of indexes and guides to the collection as well as a small CD-ROM collection.

Collection strengths

Media Commons - Archives
Holdings are listed on the Media Commons website and are now listed in the UTL online catalogue (at least for fonds that have been properly processed).


Media Commons - Audio Visual
Entries appear in U. of T. Library Catalogue.

Media Commons - Microform
Entries appear in U. of T. Library Catalogue. Consult print guides and indexes for individual entries included in microform collections, but which are not included in U. of T. Library Catalogue.

How to access

Reference collection (catalogues, indexes and periodicals) Medicine, Psychology - some titles available for professional use only