Family Care Office Resource and Lending Library
Our Library contains a wide range of materials on family care topics and community services. These materials are available for loan. The Library is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, with extended hours on Tuesday evenings from 5pm to 6pm. Summer hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30 pm, with extended hours on Tuesday until 6 pm.
Patrons of the Library have access to some publications, such as U of T Magazine, as well as current and back issues of Today’s Parent and Toronto Life magazines. In addition, we maintain an up-to-date collection of pamphlets, guidebooks and other similar resources on a wide range of family care matters and community services.
Our library contains over 500 books on topics ranging from parenting and fathering to elder care and nutrition. For a complete list of our collection, visit our LibGuide hosted by the U of T Library. Our LibGuide is an online book list that allows you to search for resources by subject, browse through virtual book covers and titles, and participate in interactive online polls.
Our collection contains books on the following topics:
- Aboriginal Life & Culture
- Balancing Work & Family
- Children’s Books
- Conception, Pregnancy, and New Parents
- Divorce & Bereavement
- Elder Care
- Educational Fiction for Young Adults and Parents
- Fertility Issues
- Infant Care: Breastfeeding, Sleep
- LGBTQ Parenting
- Schools & Day Care
- Single Parenting
- Special Needs
- Toddlers & Preschoolers
Library Borrowing Policy
How do I get a Library Card?
Bring one piece of identification: a University of Toronto identification card (UTORid). The Library Cards are kept in a secure place at all times to ensure your privacy.
Who is eligible to borrow materials from the Library?
Library Cards are free to any U of T student, staff, or faculty. If your status, address or other contact information changes, please contact our office so that we may maintain your most up-to-date information.
How long can I borrow materials for?
A total of three items can be borrowed at any one time. Materials can be borrowed as per the following:
- 14 nights for books
- 7 nights for CDs/ videos
- 7 nights for magazines
How do I renew materials?
Provided that the item has not been placed on hold by another borrower, renewals can be made by phone, email, or in person.
What is the late return policy?
$0.25 will be charged per day, to a maximum of $5.00 per item (20 days overdue).
Each borrower will be responsible for ensuring that materials are returned on time and in the same condition in which they were borrowed. Materials marked with a ‘red flag’ are usually required for some of our workshops and are for loan one week prior to each workshop.
Personal Librarian Services
Are you looking for information that you just can’t seem to find? Too busy to make it to the Family Care Office? The FCO is pleased to announce that we are now offering personal librarian services that you can access right from your desk!
Our personal librarian is available to answer email or drop-in queries on Fridays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (until April 6th). We can provide you resources on any family care topic.
Have time to drop by the library? We have comprehensive resource binders in addition to our books on a variety of family care topics for you to browse at your leisure.
For further information please contact (416) 978-0951.
Employee lending library at U of T
Like to learn on your own time? Really enjoy saving money? For employees seeking information about family issues, work issues (and work-life-family issues!) the University has resources at your disposal. For further details, please visit the Organizational Development & Learning Centre (ODLC) website.
Family Care Office Toy Lending Bags
The Family Care Office offers three toy lending bags which you can check out for 3 consecutive days at a time. Your child can be engaged with age-appropriate toys while you are meeting with a professor, a student, university staff member or focusing on coursework on campus. Call ahead at 416-978-0951 to ensure the toy bag you want is available.
Toy Bags: Age Range
Each toy bag is filled with toys intended for the following age ranges: Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Kindergarten/School-Age.
How do I Borrow a Toy Bag?
If you are interested in borrowing a bag of toys, you will need a library card from the Family Care Office. You will need to provide us with your mailing address, email address, phone number and student number/personnel number. Call ahead at 416-978-0951 to ensure the toy bag you want is available.
Who is Eligible to Borrow a Toy Bag?
This service is free to any U of T student, staff, or faculty member. If your status, address or other contact information changes, please contact the Family Care Office so that we may maintain your most up-to-date information.
What is the Late Return Policy?
$0.25 will be charged per day, to a maximum of $5.00 per item (20 days overdue). Each borrower will be responsible for ensuring materials are returned on time and in the same condition they were borrowed.