The Library Today
The mission of the Dentistry Library is to deliver customer-focused information, services and programs to support the Faculty of Dentistry’s teaching, learning, research and clinical activities.
As Canada's oldest Dentistry Library, our collection covers dentistry and its related subdisciplines. The items are searchable via the University of Toronto Libraries' catalogue. The collection also includes items dating back to the earliest years of organized and academic dentistry in Canada and beyond. Many of the oldest collection items were digitized and are now available to the public through the Internet Archive. Fragile or extremely rare dental books are housed in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. A selected number of items in our collection were purchased with the Harry R. Abbott fund and are collectively known as the H.R. Abbott Memorial Library. These are interfiled with our regular collections, but can be identified by an HRA on the physical item. The library is open to the public, anyone is welcome to visit and to use our collections on site. However, only those with an active TCard may borrow items for a specific loan period.
The physical space of the library is about 700 square meters including two computer labs, one multi-faith room, one group study room and ample seating areas for our community to enjoy. University of Toronto password protected WiFi is available at our library. Photocopying and printing is currently restricted to Faculty of Dentistry students and staff only. The library also has scanners that are exclusively for Faculty of Dentistry students and staff use, and there is a scanner accessible for the public as well.