About the OCAD U Library

The OCAD U Library is comprised of the main Library (Dorothy H. Hoover Library), the Learning Zone, and Visual Resources & Special Collections which includes the University Archives. The Library and Learning Zone are open 73.5 hours per week during the fall and winter semesters, providing a variety of study areas, scanners and networked software maintained by IT Services. Registered students, faculty and staff have access to extensive digital resources including e-books and e-journals as well as materials, multimedia and image databases. Use the menu above to access resources or more information about the OCAD U Library. 


Library history: brief history of library services at OCAD U.

Enacting a Learning Mission

Consultant's report for the OCAD U library.

For further information on the Library, Archives and Learning Zone Plan 2009-14, including strategies and timelines, contact Jill Patrick, Director of Library Services.


OCAD U Library empowers the imagination and leads the university community in the creation, discovery and sharing of knowledge. 


OCAD U Library nurtures a learning ecology extending beyond the classroom and studio, where everyone can engage in historical, critical and scientific inquiry, research, lifelong learning and the celebration of creativity, experimentation and innovation.


  • Enhance the learning experience of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Develop specialized collections and learning objects.
  • Partner with faculty and academic partners and develop a campus wide learning strategy.
  • Collaborate with academic colleagues in the development of integrated systems and tools to facilitate access to information, resources and services in support of teaching, learning and research.
  • Plan innovative new facilities and establish staffing levels and processes to enable teaching, learning and research.

Professional organizations

OCAD U Library is a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design Libraries (AICAD-L), the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), the Visual Resources Association (VRA) , and the Archives Association of Ontario (AA).