Loan Services

BorrowingRequesting Items | Renewals and Returns | Fines/Fees | Fees for Lost & Damaged Items


Library Cards and TCards 

You will need a TCard or library card to borrow from the libraries. For loan privileges relating to different types of library users, see Library cards and TCards.

Loan privileges

Books & Periodicals: see the loan privileges chart for information about Loan privileges at the University of Toronto.

AV materials: 14-day loan period with no renewals. This is applicable to all patron types.

Course reserve items: vary between 3, 5, 24 or 72 hours and are not renewable. The loan period is shown on a sticker on the item. 

Borrowing/Accessing Materials in Restricted Areas 

Special Locations


How to Access

Storage Circulating (except for newspapers) Request online from the catalogue  
Audio Visual Circulating  
Tibetan Room Circulating (except for loose leaf books)  
Restricted or Protected Material  For library use only. Request at Loan Services desk during library hours. 
Microtexts (microfilms) 
Tibetan Room (loose leaf books)
Rare Book Rare Book Use Regulations. Request at Loan Services desk during library hours. 

Borrowing Materials from the offsite storage (UofT at Downsview)

UofT at Downsview is the offsite storage that stores low-use and duplicate copies of materials from all the University of Toronto Libraries' collections. All items may be requested from the library catalogue

Requesting items

Requesting items from the catalogue

You can request both on-shelf and checked out items for pickup at the holding library, or for pickup at another campus.

For most DVDs and Blu-rays, you can make a Booking request up to one year in advance. 

When the item is ready for pickup, you will be notified by email, and will have up to 7 days to pick it up. 

See details about how to request items

Requesting items from other libraries

Request items from other institutions (ILL) | University of Toronto Libraries (

Renewals and Returns

Renewals: see Loan services | University of Toronto Libraries (


  • Users are strongly encouraged to return East Asian Library materials to the East Asian Library during opening hours if possible. 
  • East Asian Library materials can also be returned to most libraries in the U of T Libraries
  • Robarts Library outdoor book return: this book drop is located at street level to the left of the 130 St George Street entrance. Open 24 hours unless indicated otherwise.


Library privileges are withheld when an item on your account is more than 14 days overdue or your fines and/or fees reach $25.00 or greater.

Items which are not returned within 42 days of the due date will be deemed lost, and a lost fee will be assigned.

Should you fail to return your items on time, fines will be incurred. See overdue fines for different material types

How to pay fines


Fees for lost & damaged items

Fees for lost and damaged items are charged to cover the cost of replacing or repairing the item.  Additional fees could be charged depending on the situation. 

Items which are not returned within 42 days of the due date will be deemed lost, and a lost fee will be assigned.

See damaged item fees for different material types.

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