The OCAD U library contains over 70,000 books in print dating back to the library’s inception in 1922 and includes thousands of exhibition catalogues and catalogue raisonees. Most of the collection is related to art and design and is focused on subjects reflecting the curriculum and research interests of students and faculty. Books are classified using the Library of Congress classification system which organizes books according to their primary subject. This means that books on the same or similar topics are usually found on the same shelves, making it easy for the user to browse through multiple volumes. Due to the heavy focus on art and design subjects, most books are classified in the N’s. When searching for titles on the shelf it is thus important to note the entire call number.
Books can be searched in Summon, the library’s discovery system, or in the Library’s catalogue. Search options include keyword, title, author, subject, and many more. Searching Summon allows a user to search across most collections, digital and print, whereas the library catalogue provides access to only print resources.
Most books are considered part of the circulating collection and may be loaned from the library. A significant portion of the collection also consists of reference books. These titles may only be used in the library or borrowed for short periods of time. Please refer to the library circulation policies for more detailed information about the borrowing and usage of library material.
For information about other library book collections, including rare books, artists’ books, and archival material, check out Special Collections.