Art Library

  • COVID-19: Updates on Library Services and Operations: Please visit the Update on Library Services and Operations page regularly for updates and changes to library hours, services, and operations due to COVID-19.
  • The Art History Library is temporarily closed until further notice. For further information and assistance during this time, please contact Margaret English, Librarian, at

The Department of Art History has an important reference library containing more than 40,000 exhibition catalogues, commercial gallery catalogues, and permanent collection catalogues. When the Department’s PhD programme was established in 1968, a formal agreement was made between the Art Library and the University’s main Robarts library determining that the Art Library would collect exhibition catalogues and photographic resources. Today it plays an important role as an integral part of the department, as well as serving the University, other universities, and art communities beyond.

Special Collections

The Library houses the following special collections:

  • The Robert Deshman Memorial Collection of Books on Medieval Art
  • The Robert Welsh Collection of Books on Piet Mondrian
  • The Sound Art Collection
  • The Fluxus Collection
  • Artists’ Books

  • The University of Toronto has signed an agreement to participate in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). While the University of Toronto Libraries are physically closed due to COVID-19, current faculty and students can now access more than 2.5 million of the library’s digitized versions of the library’s in-copyright print books published before 2004 that have been deposited in the HathiTrust Digital Library. To access, follow the instructions on the HathiTrust Digital Library terms of use page. The ETAS collection will only be available while library buildings remain closed.
  • This arrangement, which respects Canadian copyright law, has been made possible by the University of Toronto Libraries’ membership in HathiTrust—a nonprofit partnership of academic and research institutions which preserves digitized books, journals and other print materials, and makes them as accessible as possible under copyright law.
  • Additional information on this service can be found on the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service page. Please contact your faculty liaison librarian or email for help finding a specific title.


The subject-specialist librarian, Margaret English (416-978-5006), functions as the University’s faculty liaison librarian for the subject of Art History and Visual Art, creating online research guides in this field and providing information literacy instruction sessions whenever requested to individual students and classes.

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Location and Hours

Because the Art Library caters predominantly to the needs of the faculty and students of the Art History Department, the hours of operation may vary from what is posted below. It is advisable to call ahead (416-978-5006).


Sidney Smith Hall, Room 6032B, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
September to February March to August
Monday 10 am to 6 pm Monday 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday 10 am to 6 pm Thursday 10 am to 5 pm
Friday 10 am to 5 pm Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed Saturday and Sunday Closed

Food and Drink Policy

The Art Library’s Food and Drink Policy is designed to provide all library users with a comfortable, clean environment, and to preserve collections, computer equipment and furnishings.

  • Food is NOT permitted in the library. This includes food in closed containers, unopened packages, and fruit.
  • Please store, out of sight, any food and drinks intended for later consumption.
  • Drinks must be in closed, spill-proof containers. You may drink water from any container that is closed when not in use. No other drink containers are allowed.
  • Library users in violation of this policy may have their food and beverages confiscated and/or asked to leave the library.

Scent-Free Environment

The Art Library is a strictly enforced scent-free area. Please read U of T’s Guidelines on the Use of Perfumes and Scented Products.


Services Description
Reference service Reference service is available any time during open hours. The librarian is available for in-depth reference guidance or assistance with anything that the staff members are not comfortable with. No appointment required.
Course reserves Required and recommended readings are frequently placed in the library assistant office (SS6033A). Check with your professor to verify whether the material is in the Art Library or if it is at the Short Term Loan Desk on the 4th floor of Robarts Library.
Photocopying The Art Library is not able to provide photocopying using the TCard+ system. We encourage visitors to use the scanners. Guest researchers not affiliated with U of T may have a modest number of complimentary photocopies.
Scanner One flatbed scanner is located in the computer area with Photoshop on the computer terminal. No library material may be damaged in the process. Please bring a storage device (USB flash drive) with you when using the scanner.
Scanning to PDF Faculty, graduate students, and staff have a password to access scanning to PDF capabilities on the photocopier machine. There is no charge for scanning. Guests wanting to use the scanner need staff to provide access to the machine. Please bring a storage device (USB flash drive) with you. No library material may be damaged in the process.
Computers The Library is equipped with computer terminals that are password-protected, as their intended use is for faculty, graduate students, and staff. Undergraduates may use the terminals when necessary; however, library staff will assess their needs and sign them on. Please do not store personal downloads and documents on these computers.
Printing At this time, the Art Library is not able to offer printing facilities. Graduate students from the department can see the Librarian for a work-around solution.


Art History Research Guide

This research guide, created by Margaret English, provides a highly selective list of major reference resources in the field of Art History.

Art History Research Guide