Graduate students have access to their program study spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except during official University closures, such as statutory holidays, the period during the holiday season and new year, and in cases of inclement weather.

During these closures there will be no scheduled classes, all administrative offices will be closed and there will be no access to any campus facilities. All buildings, including 205 Richmond Street West, will be locked and no access will be provided to any OCAD U students or employees, for their own safety and security.


All full-time graduate students (except students in online delivery programs) will be assigned individual or shared space for research and study, with 24 hour access to these spaces (by access card and/or key).

Graduate students who are assigned shared or individual work-study or office spaces must pay a $200 deposit before receiving a key to access the space. The student is responsible for the space and its furnishings and must return them to their original condition upon completion of the program (barring normal light wear and tear). The key must be returned, or the deposit will be forfeited. Some students may be required to pay a $50 key deposit to acquire a key to their spaces.

Repairs must be completed at the student’s expense, including but not limited to repairing or replacing furnishings, patching holes in the walls, removing waste and/or extra furnishings, and repainting the walls as necessary. The appropriate paint colour must be used, and can be ordered through OCAD U.

Graduate student spaces at 205 Richmond Street West are NOT ventilated for the use of:

  • Aerosols
  • Spray foams
  • Epoxy resins
  • Epoxy paint
  • Oil paint domestic
  • Gasoline
  • Soldering
  • Spray adhesives
  • Spray fixatives
  • Products that produce noxious fumes or require a PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Work that produces fine particles/dust

The IAMD assigned studio area on Level 6 is equipped with ventilation that allows increased use of vapour- producing products such as oil paints and certain solvents and adhesives. Fresh air is introduced directly from the outdoors, and not re-circulated to other areas of the building. The air is exchanged six to seven times per hour. In these areas, students will be permitted to use:

  • Oil paints artistic
  • Solvents such as Gamsol or Aboveground Odourless Mineral Spirits
  • Adhesives such as two-part epoxy, contact cement and silicones

Spraying of aerosols, use of epoxy resins, and the production of dust particles are still not permitted in these spaces. Solvent containers must be appropriately labelled, and chemical wastes must be placed in the appropriate containers. If you are unsure about what materials or processes may be acceptable, please contact either the Office of Graduate Studies or Studio Management offices.

At 100 McCaul, graduate students will have access to OCAD U’s well-equipped Fabrication Studios during regular operating hours for the construction of three-dimensional pieces as well as to the Printmaking, Photography, Integrated Media, and Material Art and Design Studios. Graduate students must demonstrate competence, technical skill, and knowledge of health and safety issues pertinent to the area before gaining access to the studios. Access will be determined on a case-by-case basis after consultation with shop technicians. The use of aerosol-based materials (spray adhesives, fixatives, etc) is limited to the spray booth facilities located in rooms 517, 475 and 132 at 100 McCaul.
Regular operating hours for the studios at 100 McCaul are available here.

For more information on studio access, please contact:

Emily Gowan, Studio Coordinator, at egowan@ocadu.ca or by phone at Ext. 2268.


Located on the ground floor at 205 Richmond Street West (room 7106), the Experimental Media Space is available as an exhibition space (see Graduate Gallery below) or for short-term use for experimentation, critiques, etc. Please refer to the Graduate Gallery policies for booking guidelines.


Graduate student mailboxes are located next to the Office of Graduate Studies (room 7515, Level 5, 205 Richmond Street West). Full-time students have individual mailboxes, and shared mailboxes are available for part-time students. Please check your mailbox regularly.


IT Services supports computing for the entire OCAD U community with four Academic Computing Studios, research labs, computer clusters, the Library, IT Info Commons, and the Laptop Program.


OCAD University runs one of the most successful laptop programs in Canada, bringing mobile digital tools to over 2000 students, including the IAMD and Digital Futures graduate programs. The Laptop Program is an ownership-based program where software is provided to students by OCAD U through a mandatory annual fee. 


The IT Help Desk is open Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Contact the IT Help Desk if you are having trouble with:

Computer Studios
Other OCAD U IT–related issues

The IT Help Desk can be reached at 416-977-6000, Ext. 277 or by email at ITHelp@ocadu.ca.

For computer support at 205 and 230 Richmond, please call the south campus IT Helpdesk at 416-977-6000 Ext. 2788 between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.


A variety of audio-visual equipment is available for sign-out from the South Campus Help Desk at 205 Richmond, located on the 4th floor. Equipment available includes cameras and accessories, projectors, lighting kits, computers (e.g. for showing installation based work), microphones, etc.

Students and faculty are responsible for following the Equipment Loan Guidelines and other related policies.

The South Campus Help Desk at 205 Richmond Street West can be reached at 416-977-6000, Ext. 4655 or by email at: AVBooking205@ocadu.ca.


The Dorothy H. Hoover Library is open approximately 72 hours per week during the fall/winter semesters and provides a variety of wireless study areas, including quiet/group study rooms, an Information Commons and a Learning Zone. Registered students, faculty and staff have access to the library’s print and electronic collections.

The print collection is small but highly specialized. The electronic collection is significantly larger and broader in its coverage — currently the library licenses almost 47,000 e-journals,  almost 120,000 e-books and approximately 20,000 online videos. These e-resources are supplemented by core indexing and abstracting databases and a range of specialized digital collections of images, media and material samples. A unique OCAD U image collection is available through ARTstor’s Shared Shelf application. To search the entire OCAD U Library collection, in both print and electronic formats, the federated Summon Search tool allows researchers to efficiently process all information resources available to our creative art and design community. Graduate students are encouraged to spend time familiarizing themselves with the library’s licensed resources which are accessible from off campus using an OCAD U username/password.

The OCAD U Library is a member of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network and the Ontario Council of University Libraries. Through the OCAD U Library website and Scholars Portal, the OCAD U Library offers graduate students research content and tools including: RACER (interlibrary loan), RefWorks (reference management), Journals (digital content), Books (digital content), SFX (link server), ODESI (statistics data), GeoPortal  (datasets). Ask a Librarian (virtual chat-based reference in French and English) and the Accessible Content E-Portal or ACE repository of accessible format documents.


OCAD U has a team of professional librarians who acquire academic and research collections through purchase or licensing. There are fully staffed Circulation and Reference Desks in the Library. Graduate students may drop by at any time or make an appointment with a librarian to discuss research interests and needs in more detail.
For more information contact: Daniel Payne at dpayne@ocadu.ca or Ext. 217.


Graduate students at OCAD U are accorded the same circulation privileges as teaching faculty. The loan period for circulating print materials is usually 14 days but the library allows 5 renewals (for a total of 84 days). It is possible, through successive renewals, for graduate students to keep some books for an entire semester – providing that no other student has requested them. Students can negotiate loans of up to one week for reference or quick reference books and media items.  For further information on the library’s access policies and services offered, please view their policies.


By setting up an Inter-library Loan account, students have access to circulating materials from most Canadian academic and public libraries, and selected international collections. Note that some libraries may charge students for Inter-library Loan services. 


OCAD U graduate students have the unique opportunity to set up Faculty Affiliate borrowing privileges at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s E.P. Taylor Research Library and Archives. With an AGO issued ID card, students are given full access to the collections Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, with additional browsing privileges for the print collections.

For more information, contact Robert Fabbro at: rfabbro@ocadu.ca or Ext. 343.


Under the terms of the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement, graduate students with a valid OCAD U ID card may borrow circulating materials in person from any university in Canada, with the exception of the University of Toronto (see below).  Direct Borrowing is generally subject to the following terms:

Limited to circulating print books.

  • Does not include reference, periodical or reserve items.
  • Does not include Inter-Library Loan, Document Delivery, or AV Booking Services.
  • Does not include access to electronic resources (such as periodical databases, e-journals,
  • e-books, digital images, e-media, etc.). These resources are restricted by vendor license agreements.
  • In some cases libraries may charge for borrowing privileges.

Please note that the University of Toronto has implemented a charge for the privilege of taking materials out of their libraries. The current fees to acquire a U of T Research Reader & Direct Borrower Card are:

12 months $250.00
6 months $160.00
3 months $100.00
Seniors (12 mos.) $110.00

As a U of T external borrower, you will be able to sign out up to 100 books. The loan period is 14 days with 2 renewals (for a total of 42 days).

For more information, please visit the University of Toronto Library website.


The Graduate Gallery is available for use by OCAD U graduate students and faculty. All requests for use of the space will be vetted by the Graduate Gallery Advisory Committee and will be administered through the Office of Graduate Studies.

The Gallery can be booked for a single evening or for up to three weeks. Priority is given to graduate students. The space is available for exhibitions, lectures, think-tanks, discussions, performances, screenings, conferences and experiments.

Priority will be given to Thesis/MRP research and/or faculty-led research between March and August.
The gallery is also reserved for specific annual events such as thesis exhibitions, the IAMD Annual First-Year Graduate Exhibition, the Digital Futures CFC prototype exhibition and CCP/IAMD portfolio exhibition, and is used occasionally for guest lectures and other special events.

The Graduate Gallery is a DIY exhibition space; students and faculty using the space are responsible for installation, gallery sitting, striking, booking security and obtaining a Special Occasions Permit from the LCBO. Graduate students may apply for up to $300 funding per exhibition, subject to approval and availability of funds. Requests for funding will require an outline of costs and expenses. Funding is administered upon submission of receipts for reimbursement.

The Graduate Gallery is located on the ground floor at 205 Richmond Street West.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Applications can be submitted in person to the Office of Graduate Studies or by email at: gradstudies@ocadu.ca.

The Graduate Gallery Advisory Committee is composed of both faculty and graduate students. A call for student volunteers to sit on this Committee takes place in the fall of each year.