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OCAD U Library Services during COVID-19 Shutdown

News and information on library services, collections, and policies during the COVID-19 shutdown

Message from Library Services

Message from Library Services

The OCAD U Library is here to help you. Our staff will be closely monitoring emails to support all your research needs.


Books and Fines

The library's physical facilities continue to be closed, along with the rest of the OCAD U campus. Please read below, for more info about how this will affect currently borrowed books and fines:

  • Curbside Pickup Service for Current Faculty, Staff, Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Drop-Off Book Returns -
    • Temporary Pause: Daily COVID-19 positive tests have risen to record levels in Toronto and around the world. Toronto Public Health is urging individuals to stay home during this resurgence.  OCAD University continues to prioritize the health and safety of our community in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

      It is within this context that the University has made the decision to pause all gradual access opportunities, including the Library Curbside Pickup Service, and further access to University facilities.

      We thank you for your patience and understanding, and encourage you to do your part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Leaving Toronto - OCAD U has made arrangements with the nearby University of Toronto's Robarts Library for students who are leaving the city and need to drop off their library books. OCAD U students can place their books in the Robarts outdoor dropbox, which remains available 24/7. Please only use this option if you will be leaving, as this service requires extra resources that have been generously offered by Robarts staff.
  • Reopening Date - All patrons with any books signed out will be notified via email, when the library has finalized a date to reopen. (If you are graduating and will no longer be checking your OCAD email, please contact with your new email address.) If you do not have any books signed out but are looking forward to using the library's facilities once we reopen, please monitor this page for the latest info.
  • Class Registration - Library fines balances will need to be cleared before registering for Winter courses. To do this using the online payment system, please see below. (To view if you have any fines, you can login to your library account and check the "current balance".)

  • Graduation Assessment - Students carrying a balance of fines, will be required to clear them before submitting an application to graduate. If this applies to you, please follow the procedures below. (To view if you have any fines, you can login to your library account and check the "current balance".)
  • Paying library fines online - Please send an email to, letting them know that you would like to pay library fines, and providing them with your Name and Student Number. Once they confirm the total amount owed with the library, they will provide you with a personal link to process your payment, using debit or credit.


Electronic Collections

  • The majority of the Library’s collection remains available online and accessible off-campus through the Library’s Summon search engine, Journal Portal and Databases A – Z system located on the Library’s homepage
  • Course Reserves remain available through Canvas and new reading requests or alterations will be accepted from faculty. 

Research Help

Interlibrary Loans 

  • Interlibrary Loan is available for borrowing e-resources (online articles and ebook chapters)
  • New Interlibrary Loans (ILL) for print materials are being halted during the university closure
  • Due dates for materials that have already been shipped out or are loaned out will be extended
  • The Interfilm service for media materials requested by faculty is also halted during the campus closure

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