Direct Borrowing at Other Libraries

York faculty, students and staff benefit from reciprocal borrowing agreements at most Canadian universities.

In addition York faculty benefit from reciprocal borrowing arrangements at other North American libraries. Cards are issued to York faculty upon request by contacting Meredith Hatton, Manager of Access Services at

Please note: As of Oct. 1st, 2009, the University of Toronto libraries have introduced research reader fees to anyone unaffiliated with U of T, including faculty and graduate students from other Canadian universities. See below for more information.

The following procedures and regulations are in effect for members of the York community who wish to have borrowing privileges at another university.

  • Library Card: To use the libraries at these universities, present your YU-card at the appropriate desk and complete any necessary registration form. Collateral identification may be required. You will be issued a library card for use at the library.
  • Length of Loan: The undergraduate loan period of the lending library applies to all transactions.
  • Type of Material: Only circulating material as defined by the lending library may be borrowed.
  • Other material: (periodicals, government documents, rare books, audio-visual and micro- materials) may be non-circulating and are to be used in the library. Reserve materials may not be available to participants in Direct Borrowing.
  • Fines: The fine and fee schedules for overdue or recalled books in operation in the lending library will apply to all borrowers. You are responsible for fines incurred. York Libraries may be contacted regarding delinquent borrowers and requested to assist in the retrieval of material or collection of fines.
  • Damaged or Lost Books: You are responsible for library material borrowed in your name. Lost books should be reported promptly to the Circulation Department of the lending library. Borrowers losing or failing to return books or returning items in damaged condition, are subject to replacement and processing charges as determined by the lending library.
  • Sanctions: The lending library may withdraw borrowing privileges from any student, faculty or staff member who abuses the provisions of the Direct Borrowing Agreement.
  • Return of Books: Books should be returned to the lending library, or to your home library. Books should be identified as Direct Borrowing materials.

Access and borrowing at the University of Toronto Libraries

York Faculty & Staff

  • The University of Toronto charges a $310 user fee for borrowing privileges for faculty and staff of other institutions.
  • Access to Robarts stacks can be purchased by staff and faculty from other institutions for $50 per year.

York Graduate Students

  • Borrowing privileges for York graduate students is $270 per year. (For non-U of T graduate students the fee is normally $310, however York University is partially subsidizing this annual fee for graduate students only.)
  • The Robarts stack access fee for York graduate students is $20 per year. (For non-U of T graduate students the stack access fee is normally $50, however York University is subsidizing $30 of the annual fee for graduate students only.)
  • To register or renew your privileges, please present your York University ID at the Reader Registration Desk at Robarts.

York Undergraduate Students

  • The University of Toronto Libraries does not offer borrowing privileges or access to Robarts Library stacks to undergraduates from other institutions.