Loan Services

No loan services are available in Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 terms. Loans are only possible via the Curbside Pickup Service. Stacks remain closed. 

BorrowingRequesting Items | Returning | Renewing | 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: see the loan privileges chart for information about Loan privileges at the University of Toronto.

Periodicals and AV items: 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. 

Borrowing/Accessing Materials in Restricted Areas 

Special Locations


How to Access

In-Person Request Hours


Circulating (except for newspapers)

T-Card for borrowing (request online)

Not available temporarily 

Audio Visual


T-Card for borrowing (request online)

Not available temporarily 

Tibetan Room

Circulating (except for loose leaf books)

T-Card for borrowing (request online)

Not available temporarily 

Restricted or Protected Material 

Access is closed during library construction.


Microtexts (microfilms) 

For library use only (microfilm reader)

Not available temporarily 

Not available temporarily

Tibetan Room (loose leaf books)

For library use only (during Tibetan Room Opening Hours only during library construction.) 

Rare Book

Access is closed during library construction.

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

Requests of any kind (holds, recalls) cannot be placed in the 2020/2021 academic year. 

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.

When the item is ready for pickup, you will be notified by email, and will have up to 5 days to pick it up. 

See details about how to request items

Requesting items from other libraries

See ILL service update during COVID-19

If you have searched the U of T catalogue and cannot find the item you need, you may request items from other institutions. See instructions

Returning Items

See COVID-19: Updates on library services & operations

Library materials can be returned to any University of Toronto libraries.

However, users are strongly encouraged to return East Asian Library materials to the East Asian Library, or to the drop box outside our library when the library is closed. 


See extended due date during COVID-19.

Items will automatically renew at the end of each loan cycle until your maximum renewal period is reached, except for items with outstanding recall requests.

See details about how to renew library items


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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