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Attention is directed to the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies (PIMS) Library, to the college libraries on the St. George campus and to those of Erindale (Mississauga) and Scarborough Colleges; York University; Toronto Reference Library; the Research Library of the Art Gallery of Ontario; and the Osborne Collection of children's literature. Other important libraries are to be found on campus and in the vicinity.

The University Library

The collections of the University of Toronto Library System constitute the largest research facility in Canada, with over 14 million volumes in the combined collections of the John P. Robarts Library for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Gerstein Science Information Centre, and the rich resources of the other college, faculty, and departmental libraries. 

John P. Robarts Library

This is the best research library in Canada and one of the top research libraries in North America. The primary focus of the collection is in the social sciences and humanities. It has an excellent online catalogue and many data bases, an efficient and helpful reference department, and extensive microfilm collections. The library web site listed below provides links to other libraries and services located in the Robarts Library building. 

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (RBSC)

The library houses rare books and special collections. The library is especially strong in the fields of British, European and Canadian literature, philosophy, the history of science and medicine, Canadiana, and the history and art of the book. The material does not circulate, but photocopying is sometimes allowed. For web access go to:

Science and Medicine Library (Gerstein Science Information Centre)

Subject areas are in the fields of medicine and science, with the exceptions of math, forestry, geology and botany. For web access go to:

Music Library

The Library is the University’s reference and research collection in music of the western "classical" tradition, and in music of other traditions as investigated by western scholarship. 

Bora Laskin Law Library

The Library's collection includes primary legal materials from the major common law countries such as Canada , the United States and the United Kingdom . The Library subscribes to over 700 scholarly legal periodicals from around the world and collects legal and law-related texts and treatises, loose-leaf publications and microform sets.

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