University of Toronto Libraries
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|Items collected||Books, journals, newspapers, sound recordings, databases, maps, drawings and manuscripts|
|Size||12+ million print books, 1.4 million digital books, 150,467 journal titles, 29,554 linear metres archival material|
The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked third among peer institutions in North America, behind only Harvard and Yale. The system consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of 215 graduate programs, over 60 professional programs, and more than 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 12 million print volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to 150,467 journal titles, millions of electronic resources in various forms and almost 30,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year.
The largest library in the system is the Robarts Library, which houses the main collection of social sciences and humanities research resources at the University of Toronto. The Robarts Library complex is also home to the central Libraries’ administrative offices, exhibit galleries, Scotiabank Information Commons, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, Map & Data Library, Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre and the Media Commons. The adjacent Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, which is open to the public, houses both the Department of Rare books and Special Collections and the University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services. It is Canada’s largest rare book library and its holdings include books, manuscripts, maps, and graphic and audiovisual material covering a broad range of subjects and time periods. The Gerstein Science Information Centre is the main library for the science and health science disciplines. In addition to the Centre’s comprehensive print collection, there is a vast selection of health and scientific databases and indexes available online.
Partnerships and collaboration
- John McCaul (1843-1852)
- John William Small (1852-1853)
- Alexander Lorimer (1854-1868)
- John Edgeworth Thomson (1868-1972)
- William Henry Van der Smissen (1873-1891)
- Hugh Hornby Langton (1892-1923)
- William Stewart Wallace (1923-1954)
- Robert Harold Blackburn (1954-1981)
- Marilyn Sharrow (1982-1985)
- Carol Moore (1986-2011)
- Larry P. Alford (2011-present)
- "Principal Component Scores ARL Library Investment Index Description and Worksheets". ARL Statistics. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- "List of libraries". University of Toronto Libraries. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
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- University of Toronto Libraries
- Blackburn, Robert H. (1989). Evolution of the heart: A history of the University of Toronto library up to 1981. Toronto: University of Toronto Library.
- Heritage University of Toronto: Our Ongoing History in Images, Text & Rich Media
- The University of Toronto Archives and Record Management Services holds the papers of Robert H. Blackburn, the University librarian from 1958-1982.