About the Library

The Library is open approximately 72 hours per week during the fall/winter semesters and provides a variety of study areas, including an Information Commons maintained by IT Services.

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Learning Zone

The Learning Zone is OCAD Uā€™s newest library space; an alternative work area where you can collaborate with other students and faculty or seek advice from library staff.

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Visual Resources

Visual Resources & Special Collections at OCAD U is comprised of analog and digital image, video, media and archival materials.

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How do I...

Information on how to find help online, by telephone, by email.

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New and featured databases

New JSTOR Collections now Available!  The Library has recently subscribed to five new JSTOR archival collections: Arts & Sciences IX ā€“ XIII.  These new multidisciplinary collections provide backfile access to an additional 500+ research journals.  With these additions the OCAD U community now has access to more than 2,500 titles included in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I ā€“ XIII and Life Sciences collections.  

Canadian University Press eBooks is a growing collection of nearly 3,000 ebooks from 14 Canadian university presses and includes content published from 2010 onward. Presses include University of Toronto, McGill Queens, University of British Columbia and others hosted on Scholars Portal and searchable alongside other ebooks on this platform.

Academic Complete is a subscription ebook collection which provides access to 110,000 titles from more than 200 leading university presses and academic publishers. These can be found on ebrary alongside 70,000 other titles.

Criterion on Demand is a streaming video platform that provides access to a growing library of more than 1500 feature films; including classics, foreign films, new releases and documentaries.

Films on Demand provides access to more than 15,000 educational videos from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, BBC, PBS, Nova and others.

Literature Criticism Online (LCO) & Artemis are now available. LCO includes biographies, reviews, and critical essays on authors and their works. Both LCO and Literature Resource Center can be searched using the Artemis platform.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides in-depth information on current social issues such as viewpoint articles (e.g. pro/con essays), topic overviews, statistics, primary documents and more.

Library news and events

Check out the Library's used book sale next week (Feb. 2 - 6) in the lobby of 100 McCaul and find amazing art & design books at fabulous prices! 

Summon Survey: Tell Us What You Think! The Library is currently running a survey on user satisfaction with the recently launched Summon discovery system. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate and offer their perspectives on this new search system. If you choose to participate you may also enter a draw to win one of three $50 gift cards for supplies at Above Ground! We greatly value your feedback and do hope that you can take a few moments to complete the survey.

Looking for reading to start out the New Year? Check our book display of new titles destined to become classics! 

New in print - Books and Journals. 

New Resource - Artists as Writers index

FOOD 4 FINES: ON NOW 1 - 12 Dec.; stay tuned on Twitter or Facebook