Distance education services

Please note that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting normal library services. Please visit our Accessing Remote Library Services page for remote services and contact information.

OISE distance education students and instructors have access to all OISE Library materials. 

Library materials which can be borrowed will be shipped by courier to students and instructors residing 75 km or more outside of the GTA.

Materials which cannot be borrowed, including portions of reference books and print journals, will be scanned by library staff. An email will be sent to you including a link, allowing you to view and print materials for a limited time. Patrons will be advised of any copyright restrictions.

Timelines and costs

Library materials which can be borrowed will be shipped within three business days provided that materials are available.

The Library will pay to ship books and AV materials to distance education students and instructors via Purolator.  Distance education students and faculty are responsible for paying for return shipment by courier.

Scans of materials which can not be borrowed will be available within three business days, free of charge.

Placing a request

To request shipment of books, AV materials, or scans, please contact Emily Hector (emily.hector@utoronto.ca; 416-978-7964).

Loan periods

OISE graduate students, faculty, and instructors may borrow:

  • Audio/visual materials for 2 weeks
  • Materials from all other OISE Library collections for 90 days.

Overdue fines

Please allow sufficient time for shipment when returning library materials.  If materials are received after the due date, overdue fines will be applied as outlined on the Loan Services page.

Request items from other campuses & institutions

To place requests for items held at other University of Toronto campuses, please contact Emily Hector (emily.hector@utoronto.ca; 416-978-7964).

While it is possible to place interlibrary loan (RACER) requests for items that are not owned by the University of Toronto Libraries, we cannot guarantee that they will arrive in time for you to use.  Delivery of interlibrary loan materials often takes several weeks.

Please see Request items from other institutions and campuses for additional information.    

Other services and support available

Additional information about support for distance education students and instructors is available on the Education Commons site at Join Us Online.