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 multidisciplinary collections provide backfile access to an additional 500+ research journals. With these additions, the OCAD University 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-Queen's, 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 that 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

FOOD 4 FINES: Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 17. Stay tuned on Twitter or Facebook.

EXTENDED HOURS: April 11 to 17, 2015

  • Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

The Library would like to thank everyone within the OCAD U community who provided their valuable feedback through the recent survey on the new Summon discovery system. The survey elicited more than 100  responses and will be instrumental in assessing and implementing further improvements to Summon. The Library would also like to congratulate the winners of our survey prize draw: Bree Rappaport, Goran Matic and Laura Wright, who each won Aboveground Art Supplies gift cards. Prize winners were selected at random to receive $50 gift cards from entrants who completed the survey and contest entry form.

Did you know that the library has cookbooks? Come savour our display The Art of Food  and sample books about food in art and design, food sustainability, growing food, food cultures, food history and more

New in print: Books and Journals  

New resource: Artists as Writers index