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University College Library

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15 King's College Circle Room 266 / 366 (2nd floor of University College, on the south side of the building)
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3H7


 The UC Library is located in a revitalized heritage space on the south side of the UC building, which was the original home of the UC Library in the 19th century.

Collection strengths

The UC Library has over 20,000 books in the humanities and social sciences, including:

Books related to the academic programs affiliated with University College:

  • Canadian Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies
  • Health Studies
  • Sexual Diversity Studies

Books of general interest:

  • a Bestsellers section (for recreational reading)
  • a Graphic Novels section
  • a Writing, Academic Skills & Careers section

Special collections:

  • The Al Purdy Collection: about 3,000 Canadian literature books which once belonged to the Canadian poet Al Purdy; this collection is non-circulating and may be consulted BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
  • The Avie Bennett Collection: about 400 books inscribed by their authors to Avie Bennett, when he owned McClelland & Stewart; these books cannot be borrowed but can be used within the UC Library.

How to access

Please see UC Library - Hours, Location & Contact and Borrowing Books