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Library & Archives Orientation Guide for OCAD Library Affiliates (Faculty and Grad students)

The Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives is located on the concourse level of the Chalmers Wing. Proceed directly from the Gallery's main entrance to the concourse level and follow the wayfinding.

To access the library during the extended hours available to OCAD affiliates, you must acquire an AGO Library Affiliate photo ID badge, issued by AGO Protection Services. To register for your badge, make an appointment with the reference desk by sending an email to with the subject heading "Request for Library Affiliate Badge."

Your AGO Library Affiliate photo ID enables you to access the concourse level and the main entrance of the Research Library. It will be valid for the current academic year, from September to August. It is your responsibility to renew it on a timely basis. The badge does not give you access to the galleries, nor any ticketed space. No retail discounts or privileges are available with this card. The card is non-transferable.

OCAD Faculty and Graduate Student Hours and Access

Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4:45 pm.

Coats, backpacks, umbrellas, etc., are not permitted in the Library. Use the coat-check service in the Maxine Granovsky & Ira Gluskin Hall ($1 for non-members, free for members), or the coat rack and lockers ($1) outside the library entrance.

Pens are not allowed in the library. Pencils can be purchased from the reference desk for $1.00.

Laptops are welcome. Our reading room is equipped with wireless internet access and electrical outlets at each table. There are three computer workstations in the general reference area for public use.

Researchers are welcome to use their own digital cameras to make reproductions for research use only.

Library Collections

Our collections do not circulate, which means that they are always on the shelf when needed.

It is strongly recommended that users check the Library’s holdings in advance of visiting. See the Online library catalogue.

You may request books to be put on hold before your arrival. Use the “My List” function that is part of the library catalogue search program, and email your completed list and name to

It is also advisable to use the "My List" function for materials that must be requested in advance. These are Rare Book collections (identified in the catalogue by R.B., R. B. Pamph, R. B. Folio, and R. B. Folio Oversize).

The general collections stacks are accessible to Library Affiliates during office hours.

Access to Archives and Special Collections requires an appointment. Appointments can be made at mutually convenient times within regular business hours: please see the Archives and Special Collections page for more information.

Please note that the online catalogue does not represent our entire collection. Additional book holdings are recorded in the card catalogue, available onsite only.


Personal photocopy cards can be purchased at the library information desk for a minimum of $ 20.00.

Photographic Resources

For AGO collection images, please contact Photographic Resources:

By telephone: 416 979 6660 x499
By email:

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