Old Exam Repository

Log in to the Old Exam Repository with your UTORid and password. 

Other test/exam banks

  • Arts & Sciences Student Union (ASSU) Past Test Library does not include finals
  • University of Toronto Engineering Society SKULE repository includes exams and syllabi
  • Faculty of Law past exam database includes finals, but no midterms or syllabi.  Restricted to Law students and faculty members.

Instructors can make course readings available online through a learning management environment (i.e. Quercus) or in person at a campus library. 

For detailed information about finding and accessing your physical and online course reserves please visit our Course Reserves page.

Sometimes a book doesn't get checked in properly, so it will still appear on your account. 

Contact the library that you borrowed the book from with the information about the book, where and when you returned it, and your TCard/library card information.

Please sign in to your library account to view your account status and pay your fines online, or contact us with your account details. Your library account will clear shortly after payment, while ROSI will take overnight.

"Peer review" is the editorial process that scholarly articles go through before they are published in a journal. Since not all books go through the same editorial process before publication, most aren't peer reviewed. They can be still be good scholarly sources, though.

Animals are prohibited in library buildings except when they are needed to assist persons with disabilities.

Space for students to join online classes from campus will be available on a first come-first served basis at Robarts Library first floor and Gerstein Science Information Centre's Wallace Room. These areas will be identified as Remote Zones.

The City of Toronto requires all new developments to follow Bird Friendly Development Guidelines. All of the glass in the Robarts Common building will be fritted from grade to roof, going beyond the prescribed regulations. 

What does it mean to 'frit' glass? 

"Natural features in the wild do not reflect images in the way glass does, rather they project ‘visual markers’ to birds, indicating to them that they are solid objects to be avoided. There are two means of mitigating the danger glass poses to birds. The first and most effective approach is to create visual markers. The second and less effective strategy is to mute reflections in glass.

Glass can have an image or pattern screened, printed, or applied to the glass surface. Ceramic frit and acid-etched patterns are commonly used to achieve other design objectives including a reduction in the transmission of light and heat, privacy screening or branding. By using patterns of various sizes and densities, manufacturers can create any kind of image, translucent or opaque. The image in the glass then projects enough visual markers to be perceived by birds." 

Source (Bird-Friendly Best Practices: Glass, pg. 26) 

Yes.  In addition to the fair dealing guidelines, there is also the general copyright FAQ.  Furthermore, you can contact e-reserves for assistance in getting content for your courses:

TCard with arrow pointing to barcode

Your TCard is your library card. Your library barcode number is printed on it at the bottom.

TCards are also used for:

  • Printing or photocopying in the library (put $$ on it first)
  • Accessing library resources off-campus
  • Accessing student services and facilities across campus, including athletic centres

How to get your TCard

Visit the TCard Office to get yours; there's one on every campus. Try to get your TCard before September to avoid the lines! Don't forget to activate it.

Remember to have the required documents to validate your identity and legal status in Canada.

Most University of Toronto libraries do not loan USB drives.  However, several free, web-based services provide remote storage, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, and can be used in place of a USB drive.

Students using UTmail+ also have access to 7GB of storage through SkyDrive.

At Robarts and  Gerstein libraries, on an exceptional basis, you can borrow on someone else's behalf if you bring with you a legible note from the authorized borrower/owner of the library card and the card itself.  Both the letter and the  card must be shown when you sign out the books in this way.

In other libraries, please check with the local check out desk staff.

It depends on your status.  Please see the Music Library's full borrowing policies.

If you are not eligible to take recordings out of the library, try streaming music instead.

Most of the videos and DVDs at Robarts Library may be borrowed for home use for two weeks. You must place a hold request for this material in order to borrow. 

OISE Library also has a large selection of educational videos and DVDs. Most of these can be borrowed by UofT students, staff and faculty, though some are restricted to the OISE community.

Some college libraries also have videos and DVDs.

The University’s Service Animals Guideline applies to all members of our tri-campus University community, as well as to visitors, and is intended to ensure we provide a welcoming environment for those who are accompanied by service animals. 

The guideline, and a series of detailed FAQs, can be found at uoft.me/serviceanimals.

Library users or staff who have concerns about an animal in the library should not approach the animal or its handler, but should contact Library Patrol.

Contact Information for Library Patrol

Robarts Library: via the Information Desk - 416-978-8450

All other central libraries: via the Circulation Desk

Yes.  Just follow the steps listed in the external links below.

The library occasionally teaches Zotero workshops, so keep an eye on our workshops page.  You can also email us for help or request a consultation appointment.

There are good sources of Zotero help online.  Zotero's support page includes a quick start guidescreencast tutorials, and help forums.


The only way to get material from Downsview is to order it by placing a hold request in LibrarySearch.

Downsview is a storage facility, so it is not accessible to library patrons.

Yes. Linking is generally a best practice. That said, if a site expressly forbids linking, you may wish to not do so as a matter of courtesy. 

Yes. We can send you a copy of Ontario high school course curriculum. For a $20 fee payable by Visa or MasterCard, the document can be sent to you either by e-mail or regular mail -- not both. Alternatively, you may come into the OISE Library and photocopy the document yourself. Please contact us before you come in and we can have it set aside for you.

Yes. We can provide you with the course description, together with a copy of the front cover of the document showing that it comes from the Ministry of Education. For a $20 fee payable by Visa or MasterCard, this document can be sent to you either by e-mail or regular mail -- not both. Alternatively, you may come into the OISE Library and photocopy the document yourself. Please contact us before you come in and we can have it set aside for you.

Yes, you can pay library fines online.

Fine payments can be made by:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Visa Debit
  • Debit MasterCard

Interac online payments from the following banks are also accepted:

  • First Nations Bank of Canada
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • TD Canada Trust


Not currently available

You can also pay in person at select libraries or by phone at 416-978-8450.

If you are assigning a textbook that comes with supplemental materials, you are generally allowed to make use of those materials for educational purposes, including posting them to Quercus.  If you are NOT assigning the textbook, you will need to ensure your uses of supplemental materials are consistent with the University of Toronto's Fair Dealing Guidelines. Contact copyright@library.utoronto.ca if you have further questions.  

There is a colour printer available on the first floor of Robarts Library. The cost to print is $1 per page.

About licensed e-resources  

U of T Libraries provides an extensive collection of e-books, e-journals, e-articles and other electronic/digital content to its faculty, staff, students, and other authorized users. To do so, we must sign contracts with many different vendors and publishers of the e-content. Contracts contain specific terms and conditions that users must comply with, when accessing and using the e-content.

Different terms for different resources

The terms of use are not the same for all e-resources.  Therefore, each licensed article, book, or journal has its particular terms listed in the record for that item. Terms dictate if the user can print a copy, or share it with a 3rd party for scholarly use, or other actions, as described more fully on this UTL information page.

How to see the license for an electronic resource

The record for the e-book Robots, published by MIT Press and available to users from the IEEE Xplore platform is shown below.  Next to the name of the provider of the electronic content, you can click on the SHOW LICENSE link to see the terms for this e-book.

screen capture of an e-book showing where to see the terms under which this resource can be used.

Clicking on the SHOW LICENSE link reveals the terms, as illustrated below. 

So, users may print a portion of this book, but the book cannot be uploaded to Quercus, since Course Reserve Electronic Copy is prohibited. Providing a direct link to the resources is permitted.

screen capture of an e-resource terms of licensing.

Read more about using licensed library e-content. Users who need more clarity about license terms can contact library.licensequeries@utoronto.ca