Borrowing

THE INFORUM COLLECTION HAS BEEN MOVED AS OF AUGUST 9, 2019. READ MORE. Info on this page has been updated accordingly.

student assistant ready to serve at the Inforum Information DeskFor information about our Course Reserves, see Research.  For information about our Technology Loans, see Technology Loans. For borrowing/circulation-related inquiries, contact Nadia Moro, Public Services & Collections Technician. 

You may also consult and/or print our Circulation flyer [PDF]

Library cards  |  Loan periods  |  Fines  |  Renewals & returns  |  Holds & recalls  |  Borrow from UTSC & UTM libraries  |  Borrow from Downsview location  |   Storage items  |  Borrow from non-Uof T libraries (Interlibrary loan) 

Library cards  

  • University of Toronto TCard 
    • For Faculty of Information and other U of T students, faculty members, and staff
    • Also allows off-campus access to U of T Libraries (UTL) e-resources
       
  • For alumni & members of the public
    • Course Reserve items may be used within the Inforum if the borrower brings a valid piece of government ID
    • Alumni:  If you would like to take the materials offsite, you will need to purchase a UTL alumni library card.
    • Members of the public: Materials may only be used within the Inforum
       

Loan periods

  • Course Reserves: 2 hours, 2 days, or 7 days
  • Technology loan periods:  See Technology loans
  • Non-circulating:  Reference collection 

Fines & other fees

  • To avoid fines, sign up to receive email notices about items soon to be due
  • Blocked status: Users with total fines of $25.00 or more are blocked from borrowing or renewing at all University of Toronto libraries
  • Overdue Course Reserve items: $0.50 per hour
  • Technology loan fines:  See Technology Loans
  • Lost book fee: $145.00 per book (includes a $45 processing fee)
  • Damaged book fee: $45 processing fee per book
     
  • HOW TO PAY FINES
  • Fine payments are not accepted at the Inforum
  • Overdue fines can be paid online, by telephone 416-978-8450, or in person at the Robarts Loans Desk (1st floor)
  • Pay by credit or debit card
  • For fees associated with lost or damaged items, contact nadia.moro[at]utoronto.ca
  • For more details, see the Inforum fines policy [PDF]

Renewals & returns

  • Course Reserve and tech loan items are non-renewable
  • Items from other UTL libraries may be renewed in these ways:
    • Online
    • First Stop Telephone Service at 416-978-8450
    • By calling the library from which you borrowed the item.
    • New due dates are calculated from the date of renewal
  • To return items:
    • All Course Reserve items and tech loans must be returned to the Inforum Information Desk
    • Return materials from other libraries to the library of origin

Holds

  • Holds cannot be placed on Course Reserve or tech loan items
  • For placing holds on checked-out items from other UTL libraries, use the REQUEST function in the library catalogue
  • You will be notified by email when your hold item(s) becomes available
     

Borrowing from UTSC & UTM (tri-campus) libraries

  • Faculty of Information students, staff, and faculty can request items from the libraries at U of T Scarborough Campus (UTSC), and Mississauga Campus (UTM)
  • This service is called Intercampus Delivery (ICD)
  • Use the REQUEST feature in the library catalogue
  • No registration is required
     

How to request items from Downsview location

LOCATION CATALOGUE SAYS HOW TO REQUEST THE ITEM
Downsview UTL at Downsview

T-Card holders: Use the REQUEST function found in the item's catalogue record. Turn around time is about 2 days.

External users:  Fill out a request form at the Robarts Loans Desk (1st floor).

En route to Downsview In process for shelving at Downsview

Material is NOT accessible until it is processed at the Downsview location

 

Storage items

If the item you want says 'Storage' in the catalogue, it can be requested
 

    Borrowing from non-Uof T libraries (Interlibrary loans)

    • Faculty of Information students, staff, and faculty can request items not held at any University of Toronto library
    • Requests must be made through RACER, the University's online interlibrary loan (ILL) self-serve system
    • New RACER users: register for an account  first
    • Current RACER users: go to the login page
    • Consult the ILL borrowing charges
    • Interlibrary loans may take 3-6 weeks to arrive
    • Users may consult Inforum staff for assistance in finding item(s) in other Toronto libraries