Hours and locations

The OCAD U Library is comprised of three different locations:  Dorothy H. Hoover Library,  Learning Zone and Visual Resources.  Regular service hours are listed below.  All  three locations are closed on statutory holidays as well as during the University's holiday winter closure

Dorothy H. Hoover Library

The OCAD U Library empowers the imagination and leads the university community in the creation, discovery and sharing of knowledge. Use the library as your first stop in research. We provide a variety of study areas, self-serve group study rooms, scanners and desktop computers networked with a full suite of software. Registered students, faculty and staff have access to over 100,000 art and design books, and extensive digital resources including almost 200,000 e-books and 42,000 full text e-journals as well as materials, multimedia and image databases.

Read more about the Dorothy H. Hoover Library


  • 113 McCaul Street, Level 2, room 215 MCC (The Annex Building), also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.
  • 2nd floor above the Village by the Grange Food Court (elevator and stair access)
  • Bike parking is available on McCaul Street and St. Patrick Street

Summer hours

April 22 to September 8

  • Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • CLOSED: Saturdays and Sundays

Exceptions: Library is CLOSED:

  • Monday, September 2 (Labour Day)

Fall hours


From September 9

  • Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Closed: Saturdays and Sundays

 Extended hours: TBD

Exceptions: Library is closed:

  • Monday, October 14 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • Saturday, December 21, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020 inclusive (Mid-Winter Break)



The Learning Zone

This is a studio-based library space; an alternative work area where you can collaborate with other students and faculty, or seek advice from library staff.

Read more about the Learning Zone


  • 122 St. Patrick St., Level 1, also accessible from 113 McCaul St.
  • 1st floor of Village by the Grange Food Court, under the Library
  • Bike parking is available on McCaul Street and St. Patrick Street.
  • With the exception of public events and exhibitions, you must have a valid OCAD University ID card to enter the Learning Zone.


Fall hours


September 4 to September 27 

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: Closed


September 30 to December 3 


  • Monday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: Closed


December 4 to December 18 


  • Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: Closed




    • Monday, October 14 (Thanksgiving Day)



    Visual Resources & Special Collections

    This library location provides access to collections of slides (from OCA and the AGO), analogue media, digital images, and the University Archives. Materials are made available by appointment, please contact usThe Archives are closed at this time, but are scheduled to re-open in September 2019.

    Read more about Visual Resources & Special Collections


    • 230 Richmond St. W. (RHB)
    • 8th floor (elevator access only)
    • Bike parking is available on Richmond Street West


    • Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: Closed
    • Please contact us to make a viewing or research appointment


    • CLOSED: Monday, May 20 (Victoria Day)
    • CLOSED: Monday, July 1 (Canada Day)
    • CLOSED: Monday, August 5 (Simcoe Day/Emancipation Day)

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