Room 6032B, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street
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.
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 subject-specialist librarian, Margaret English (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
The Art Library is a strictly-enforced SCENT-FREE area.
Please read UofT’s Guidelines on the Use of Perfumes and Scented Products
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.
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).
|September to February||April 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 & Sunday||Closed||Saturday & Sunday||Closed|
Margaret English, email@example.com, (416) 978-5006
- 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 UofT 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.
Key Libraries (on and off campus) for Art History Students
Architecture, Landscape, and Design (Eberhard Zeidler Library)
1 Spadina Crecent, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J5
Art Gallery of Ontario Library (Edward P. Taylor Library and Archives)
317 Dundas Street West, Chalmers Wing (basement level), Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4
Gail Brooker Ceramic Research Library at the Gardiner Museum
111 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7
130 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5
Royal Ontario Museum Libraries and Archives (Richard Wernham and Julia West Library, Bishop White Committee Library of East Asia, and Museum Archives)
100 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6
Richard Wernham and Julia West Library and Museum Archives access via Museum entrance on Bloor Street
Bishop White Committee Library of East Asia access via Museum staff entrance on south side of ROM building
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8
Victoria University: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
71 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Room 301, Pratt Library, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7
Victoria University: Emmanuel College Library
75 Queen’s Park Crescent East, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7
Visual Resources and FADIS
Room 6031A, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street
Visual Resources provides teaching images to Department of Art History faculty and students, provides and maintains a selection of equipment for classroom use, and books departmental AV requests. The repository of choice for the Department of History of Art/Graduate Department of Art teaching images is FADIS (Federated Academic Digital Imaging System). Artstor is also available through the University of Toronto Library system.
Visual Resources Curator
Nicholas Westbridge, firstname.lastname@example.org, (416) 946-3961
Federated Academic Digital Imaging System (FADIS)
FADIS is a collaborative online database management system (currently eight sites at U of T and across Canada) of more than 150,000 works of art from virtually every period, culture, and discipline. An important teaching and research tool, it includes still images, sound, and video. FADIS is responsive and timely—images can be made available quickly and efficiently. Its content is tailored very much to current teaching and research needs, but it also constitutes a valuable image archive. FADIS also provides teaching and review tools for classroom presentation and study, as well as offering personal image storage and use.
Although FADIS is now run from Information Technology Services (ITS) in Robarts Library, it was originally developed in the Department of History of Art/Graduate Department of Art, and virtually all scanning and cataloguing takes place at sites such as Visual Resources. The FADIS Information Architect is Gordon Belray (email@example.com), ITS, Robarts Library.
Image scanning and cataloguing takes place at three sites at U of T:
St. George campus: Nicholas Westbridge, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mississauga campus: Harriet Sonne de Torrens, email@example.com
Scarborough campus: Catherine Spence, firstname.lastname@example.org
To use FADIS, you will need a UTORid and password. We are more than happy to assist you in using FADIS. We are available for one-on-one, in-person consultations (SS6031A) or on the phone (416) 946-3961.
Classroom AV Support
Emergencies (especially outside normal working hours): (416) 978-0423
Sidney Smith classroom: Arlindo Rodrigues, (647) 688-4133