York University Resource Centres

There are many Research and Resource centres here at York. Comments and suggestions for improvement would be appreciated.

List of Resource Centres at York:


Location: 356 Stong College
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 31004
Email: cmc@yorku.ca
Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  At other times, contact Professor Sabiston sabiston@yorku.ca, ext. 44757 or Professor Bouraoui bouraoui@yorku.ca, ext. 77323.  The Centre is closed in the month of August.
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: Reference only
Who’s In Charge: Professor Elizabeth Sabiston, Director
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/fr/cmc/

Officially and academically linked to the Department of French Studies, the principal aim of the Canada-Mediterranean Centre is to promote the dialogue between the north and south shores of the Mediterranean, and between Canada and the Mediterranean. The Centre is bilingual (French/ English) and interdisciplinary. It was founded as a result of a generous donation from University Professor Emeritus Hédi Bouraoui (French Studies), who also offered his entire collection of books, journals, documents, and other materials dedicated to the francophone literature of the Maghreb, of Ontario, Sub Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Québec, and Acadia. The CMC is the only Centre of its kind in Canada. Its mandate consists of:

  1. Conducting bilingual and intercultural research into the literatures and cultures of the Mediterranean, the Maghreb, Franco-Ontario, and Canada in general.
  2. Updating the collection of books and journals through new acquisitions.
  3. Offering annually the Hédi Bouraoui Scholarship in Mediterranean Studies with emphasis on the Maghreb, to a graduate or undergraduate student who presents an essay in the field, or an excellent research proposal.

The Centre encourages the development and sustainment of courses in Maghrebian and Franco-Ontarian literature. It invites to the Centre scholars and writers from North America, Europe, and the Maghreb. It organizes colloquia and conferences to attract professors, researchers, and students. The International Colloquium, “Hédi Bouraoui devant la critique,” took place May 26-28, 2005. Perspectives critiques sur l’œuvre d’Hédi Bouraoui, the Proceedings of the Colloquium, was published in 2007 (Laurentian U, Sudbury : Série monographique en sciences humaines). The second International Colloquium, « Pluri-Culture and Migrant Writings, » took place May 17-20, 2012, with the support of a SSHRC grant. Pluri-Culture and Migrant Writings, the Conference Proceedings, was published in 2014 (Laurentian U, Sudbury: Human Sciences Monograph Series).

The Centre publishes an online open access journal, the Revue CMC Review, which is bilingual French/ English and interdisciplinary, twice annually. With the help of York Printing Services, it publishes books on Mediterranean, Maghrebian, and Canadian literature and culture.

For further information, contact the CMC (cmc@yorku.ca) or the Department of French Studies (lapsfren@yorku.ca).


Location: Kaneff Tower, 7th Floor
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 40089
Fax: 416-650-8069
Email: ccges@yorku.ca
Hours: Fall/Winter: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: Reference only
Who’s In Charge: Dr. Christina Kraenzle
Website: http://ccges.apps01.yorku.ca/wp/

Allied with similar centres and institutes around the globe, the CCGES, comprised of professors with very diverse interests – from economics to fine arts, aims to educate the next generation of Canadian experts on contemporary Germany and Europe, stimulate and conduct research on Germany and Europe, and promote educated social awareness of German and European issues in Canada. It functions jointly with a Centre at the University of Montreal.

The Resource room contains selected German-language periodicals and newspapers. It also has materials (books, CD-ROMs, videos, etc) most of which are in German and focus on twentieth-century and contemporary Gemany. Information on York University’s German partner institutions and other Eurpoean universities is available. The Resource room provides Internet access and work stations for students.


Location: McLaughlin College, Suite 202
Phone: 416.736.5351
Fax: 416-736-5684
Email: career@yorku.ca
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: Reference only
Who’s In Charge: Stephen Anderson
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/careers/services/resourcearea.htm

The Career Centre has a collection of over 700 non-circulating resources specializing in all aspects of career planning and job search techniques. Our collection includes sections on the following broad areas: career planning, occupational research, job search, building work experience, working abroad and education.

This information is supplemented with access to two computer programs, Career Cruising and E-Choices. The programs cove a wide range of career related tips, from researching employers and educational institutions, to learning how to write resumes and cover letters.


Location: Kaneff Tower, 6th Floor
Phone: 416-736-5156
Fax: 416- 650-8069
Email: yciss@yorku.ca
Hours: Fall/Winter: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Summer Term: By appointment
Who Can Use: York University community and research community at large
Who Can Borrow: Reference only, non-circulating
Who’s In Charge: David Mutimer
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/yciss

The York Centre for International and Security Studies (YCISS) is dedicated to the study of international peace and security issues. YCISS activities range from large collaborative research projects, individual faculty research projects, seminar series, conferences and publications.

The collection consists of about 2,500 books and 100 periodical subscriptions covering the following topics: Canadian defence policy; security studies; arms control and disarmament; regional security; and conflict management. The Centre’s publications and conference proceedings are available in the Library.

YCISS has two active paper series, our Working Papers and Research Papers. Working Papers are succinct, informative papers that explore topical themes that reflect the centre’s research to stimulate feedback from other experts in the field. Research Papers are the best research papers on problems of post-communism written by graduate and undergraduate students at York University.


Location: Kaneff Tower, 6th Floor
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 30391
Email: mmillard@yorku.ca
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: Reference only
Who’s In Charge: Coordinator: Michele Millard
Website: http://crs.yorku.ca/

The Resource Collection has a mandate to support the research and teaching activities at CRS. The CRS currently maintains a collection of over 12,000 fully catalogued and indexed documents and over 300 journals and newsletters. The Resource Centre has also actively sought out information in electronic format, including the REFWORLD CD-ROM produced by the UNHCR. The Resource Centre has received donations of significant archival material from leading researchers, NGOs and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The Resource Centre is well-used by York faculty, researchers and students as well as external scholars, NGOs and refugee lawyers.

The Centre for Refugee Studies web site, set up in 1995, provides a gateway to refugee and human rights information on the Internet and is an excellent source of information for international legal instruments on refugees, government documents, scholarly papers, bibliographic citations and general information on refugee issues as well as updates on the work of the Centre itself. In recent years, the Centre has also received a number of special collections from individual scholars and non-governmental organizations in the field.



Location: Kaneff Tower, 6th Floor
Phone: 416.736.5612
Fax: 416-736-5916
Email: crws@yorku.ca
Hours: No set hours, please email.
Who Can Use: Students, faculty, staff
Who Can Borrow: No borrowing – photocopying is permitted
Who’s In Charge: Co-Directors: Stephanie Ross // Mark Thomas // Leah Vosko. Administrator: Robin Smith
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/crws

This centre has an assorted of primary and secondary sources relating to all aspects of work and society. The primary documents include the publications of various labour unions and organizations, including the Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux, the Centrale de l’enseignment du Quebec, the Canadian Union of Autoworkers, and the Canadian Labour Congress among many others. There are also publications produced by the Ontario Government. Other primary documents include a cabinet of collective agreements and human rights tribunals.

Secondary sources include the publications of various industrial relations centres, including that of Queen’s labour journals, including Labour/Le Travail, and over five hundred books about work, unions, arbitration and related topics. The centre also has considerable collection of articles and publications on numerous topics, including NAFTA, health and safety issues and the relationship of work and family.

The materials are pre-dominantly about North America, but there was a noticeable collection of materials on Australia and some on Europe.

The collection can be accessed through a well-organized binder.


Location: Kaneff Tower, 8th Floor
Phone: 416-736-5237
Fax: 416-736-5688
Email: cerlac@yorku.ca
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: Reference only
Who’s In Charge: Director: Eduardo Canel
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/cerlac

This library, with about half of its material in Spanish, provides information on current social science research as well as Canadian-Latin American/Caribbean relations, particularly in political science, sociology, economics and history. A specialty of the collection is documents not normally found in libraries, such as occasional paper series, conference papers, and newsletters. These documents come particularly from social science research centres with which CERLAC is in contact.

CERLAC’s Documentation Centre was formed originally (1978) by joining CERLAC’s collection with that of the Latin American Research Unit (LARU), an interdisciplinary study group of Latin Americans based primarily in Toronto (no longer in existence). The Docmentation Centre continues to grow, mainly on the basis of exchange agreements and donations. There are periodicals in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian, including some not found in the York University Libraries. Some of the more important documents from international organizations are collected, in particular from the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Human rights documentation is also available. The Centre has a book collection, purchased or donated on the basis of special research interests. It also has available issues of the LARU publications, LARU Studies and Working Papers.

Items are searchable in an electronic catalogue, and shelved alphabetically by country and subject.


Please note that the Jazz Resource Centre has been merged with the materials in the Sound and Moving Image Library, Scott Library.


Location: 135 Winters College
Phone: 416-736-5002
Email: erc@edu.yorku.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday – Closed
Who Can Borrow: York University Faculty of Education students
Who’s In Charge: Adam Trent  x88610
Website: Home page: http://edu.yorku.ca/erc/
Library Catalogue: https://www.library.yorku.ca/

The primary function of the Education Resource Centre is to support practice teaching by providing resources and materials for students in the Faculty of Education.

The ERC maintains a collection of resources including: manipulatives, teacher’s guides, solution manuals, multi-media kits and classroom technology.  Borrowing privileges for the collection are restricted to students enrolled in the Faculty of Education only.


Location: Room N745, Ross Building
Phone: 416-736-5086
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Who Can Use: York University faculty
Who Can Borrow: Non-circulating collection
Who’s In Charge: Administrative Assistant: Liliana Guadagnoli

The collection is not being added to on a regular basis, and faculty use the Centre primarily for research work. The Centre is intended to serve the needs of York University French Studies faculty members.


Location: S403, Ross Building
Phone: 416-736-5086
Email: lapsgrc@yorku.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m; 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.*Please note the centre is closed between 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Who Can Use: Geography faculty and students.
Who Can Borrow: Geography faculty and students.
Who’s In Charge: Coordinator: Laura Walton
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/geog/grc/index.html

The Geographic Resource Centre (GRC) provides research and study facilities for students in the Department. Students have access to a collection of reference tools which includes:

  • Reserved readings for select current Geography courses
  • A collection of over 10,000 maps both topographic and thematic with emphasis on Canada and more specifically southern Ontario
  • A collection of geographic books, select geographic journals, DVDs, and atlases. Some unique highlights of the collection include; Geological Survey of Canada Reports; the Census of Canada, and a variety of tree and plant identification manuals
  • All the theses and research papers produced in the Department from 1967 to the present
  • Publications by current and past faculty members of the Department of Geography – Publications
  • Aerial photographs of Southern Ontario and Canada – Aerial Photographs
  • Slides of Southern Ontario, Canada, USA and other parts of the World Slides
  • Historical Road Maps
  • Syllabi from geography courses (1970 to present) and supplemental calendars (since 1980) are also available and provide a historic context to the Geography programs

The Centre provides large tables and seating for quiet individual and group study. It also offers a relaxed and informal atmosphere for all students in the Department to meet, exchange ideas, and study.

Computers are available for student’s use to allow for researching, and working with materials from the collection as well as access to digital course material. These computers have internet access and MS Office software.


Location: 314 York Lanes
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 44561
Email: dianelee@yorku.ca
Hours: Mondays: 10:00am-3:30pm
Tuesdays: 10:00am-2:00pm
Wednesdays: 10:00am-4:30pm
Thursdays: 10:00am-3:30pm *Please call ahead to confirm our hours
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: Non-circulating collection, Reference Only
Who’s In Charge: Librarian: Diane Lee. Coordinator: José C. Curto
Website: http://harriet.tubman1.yorku.ca/the_harriet_tubman_resource_centre

The Harriet Tubman Institute established the Resource Centre to house its growing collection of African Diaspora books, archival documents, audio and video tapes, microfilms, and other related materials. The Institute searches the world for materials that help us know and understand the history of the forced and voluntary migration of African peoples around the globe, from centuries ago to the present day. The Resource Centre supports the Institute’s mandate to promote a greater understanding of the history of slavery and its legacy by making available its African Diaspora collection available to scholars and to the general public.

Michael Smith Resource Centre (within Research Centre)

Location: 5022 TEL Bldg. (5th Floor)
Phone: 416-736-5528
Fax: 416-736-5647
Email: lamarsh@yorku.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: No loans
Who’s In Charge: Director: Dr. Yvonn Bohr / Coordinator: Irene N. Backhouse
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/lamarsh/

The LaMarsh Centre is a collaborative group of faculty and students that supports community- engaged interdisciplinary research in health, education, relationships and development of infants, children, adolescents, emerging adults and families everywhere.

The Centre positions the importance of investment in youth as an issue that is front and centre for societal growth.

Michael Smith Resource Centre
The Michael Smith Resource Centre is open to all members of the university and general community. Visitors to the Centre may use any of these documents, although typically we do not lend these materials. It is recommended you contact the coordinator for an appointment: lamarsh@yorku.ca

Conveying information to the community about the findings from our research is a key element of the LaMarsh Research Centre. The LaMarsh Research Centre is home to the Michael Smith Resource Centre.


Location: Room 204, Founders College
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 33219
Email: nlrowell@yorku.ca
Hours: Fall/Winter: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: Any member of the library can borrow books; there is a three book limit per user.. There is no charge for membership. The loan period is two weeks with the possibility of three renewals.
Who’s In Charge: Library Coordinator: Vicky Drummond
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/nlrowell/

A comprehensive collection of materials on women’s issues, the Nellie Langford Rowell Library is housed in Founders College. The nucleus of the library is the YMCA Women’s Collection which was purchased for York University by Mary Jackman.

There are 19,000 books on many matters of interest to women, especially Canadian women. An excellent selection of journals is maintained — there are over 140 titles, including nearly all Canadian journals and a selection of British and American. The books are arranged by subject and access to the collection is through a computer catalogue. Also Nellie book holdings are listed in the YUL catalogue, though recent acquisitions are not included immediately. The major journal indexes, Studies on Women Abstracts and Resources for Feminist Research / Documentation sur la Recherche Feministe , lead the user to the journal articles. Government documents on women’s issues are available, as are many short-run or out-of-print sources, especially Canadian ones. Reading tables can be used by anyone doing research in the library.

The Library has a photocopier available for library users.


Location: 3rd Floor, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building (HNES)
Phone: (416)736-5271
Email: Nrc@yorku.ca
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Who Can Use: Open to all Nursing Students.
Who Can Borrow: Resources are open to all nursing students.
Who’s In Charge: Manager, Andrea Meghie
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/health/nurs/resource_centre.html

Students in York University’s nursing programs utilize the Nursing Resource Centre (NRC) to support them in meeting their clinical skill and professional development learning needs. Opened in February 2006, the 5000-square-foot Nursing Resource Centre is divided into two unique spaces; the Nursing Skills Lab and the Computer Skills Lab.

Clinical simulation available in the NRC allows students to engage in learning through the use of low, medium and high fidelity mannequins as well as case studies / scenarios and software programs. Clinical simulation involves the use of artificially created events that nurses are likely to encounter in practice – events which demand a high level of clinical decision-making and/or implementation of psychomotor skills. Simulation technologies place emphasis on integration and application of knowledge, skills, and critical thinking. Additionally, simulation affords nurses the opportunity to experience error-inducing situations without jeopardy to themselves or patients. Clinical simulation and lab activities are integrated into the clinical and theoretical components of nursing education by the six programs by the School of Nursing at York University (Collaborative, 2nd Entry, Internationally Educated Nurse BScN programs, and the Nurse Practitioner MScN program). In all of these programs, simulated case scenarios enhance students’ confidence, competence, and synthesis of learning.


Location: Room 160, Behavioural Science Building
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 77189
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Who Can Use: Psychology faculty, graduate students, and 4th year honour students
Who Can Borrow: Psychology faculty and graduate students may borrow some items on short-term loan.
Who’s In Charge: Coordinator: Mary Ellen Maleki
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/psycentr

The Psychology Resource Centre is primarily a reference library for the Department of Psychology. The collection includes reference tools, books, periodicals, dissertations, theses, research papers by faculty members, major/minor papers, psychological testing material, and therapy related material. The core journal collection is held for the current year and the previous five years. The test collection is under constant review and upgrade. It now numbers over 3,500 test titles ¿ this includes tests in compendias, commercially published tests (including manuals, scoring keys, and some multiple copies of major tests), and tests from original sources.

The books, journals and the test collection are arranged by title. The dissertations and theses are arranged by author. Special services provided by the Centre include a reserve shelf for graduate courses, faculty reprints, limited AV equipment, psychological testing software, past graduate course descriptions, etc. Resources to locate psychological materials not held by the Centre are also collected. These include publisher’s catalogues for psychological tests.

The Centre issues a newsletter for the Psychology Department. The newsletter includes reports of upcoming conferences, colloqia, new publications, courses, workshops as well as job postings.


Location: Room N141, Ross Building
Phone: 416-736-5014
Email: qrrc@yorku.ca
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Who Can Use: Primarily for faculty and graduate students engaged in qualitative methodological research.
Who Can Borrow Reference only.
Who’s In Charge: Director: Lorna Erwin / Administrative Assistant: Susan Foster
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/soci/qrrc/index.html

The Department of Sociology’s Qualitative Research and Resource Centre was established as a vehicle to promote the study and practice of qualitative inquiry. The Centre can accommodate a range of studies including focus groups, longitudinal research, narrative inquiry, natural observation, and group interviews.

Research facilities and resources include: study design consultation, technical advice and support, reference materials, qualitative software, audio and video taping, interviewing and transcription equipment, and observation facilities. The Centre organizes workshops and forums on issues of interest to qualitative researchers.


Location: Room 101 Central Square
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 66228
Email: retire@yorku.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Who Can Use: Support staff, faculty, and retirees
Who Can Borrow: Members of the York Community can borrow books for a 3-week period, and retirees
Who’s In Charge: Coordinator: Catherine Federico / Administrative Assistant: How Chee Un
Website: http://www.yorku.ca/retire/index.htm

This small resource centre has books, articles, and pamphlets on a wide range of topics related to retirement and aging, including housing; budgets and pensions; financial planning; seniors organizations; academic studies; employment issues; health and safety; leisure and recreation; etc.

There are some periodicals, Canadian Journal on Aging Generations, Aging: The Journal of the International Federation on Aging. This is the place to visit if you are looking for material to help you plan for your retirement, are coping with aging parents, or are doing selected research on aging or retirement.

Access to the collection is through a printed list, available on-line (yorku.ca/retire) arranged first by subject, then by title. The material is shelved by subject area.


Location: York Hall 047, Glendon Campus
Phone: 416-487-6837
Fax: 416-487-6839
Email: src@yorku.ca
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: Anyone
Who’s In Charge: Carlos Martínez Jiménez
Website: www.yorku.ca/src/

A small collection of books, journals and videos in Spanish on various topics including Spanish language learning, art, history, political science, etc. available to members of the York community. The centre also organizes cultural events.


Location: Room 274, Centre for Fine Arts
Phone: 416-736-5534
Hours: September – June: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. July – August: closed
Who Can Use: Any full-time or part-time faculty members at York. Any students in the Visual Arts.
Who Can Borrow: All faculty members. Students, if no conflicts.
Who’s In Charge: Coordinator: Lillian Heinson

The Library has a collection of approximately 250,000 slides covering painting, sculpture and architecture, eastern and western traditions. Slides are organized by country of origin, then artist and work. Slides for architecture are organized by country then city/town/region.

Staff needed to be consulted for access to contents of the slide collection. Electronic database is currently in progress.

There are a small number of portable projectors available for circulation to Visual Arts faculty. Light tables are available in the Library.


Location: Hilliard Residence, Room D124, Glendon College
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 88197
Hours: September – April: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: York students, faculty, administration
Who’s In Charge: Coordinator: Kate Welsh

Materials cover books, periodicals, pamphlets, brouchures, government publications, clippings and videos on topics of concern to women, such as: abortion, gender, race, class, lesbian and gay issues, violence, etc.


Location: 244, York Lanes
Phone: 416-736-5177
Email: yiinfo@yorku.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Who Can Use: Anyone
Who Can Borrow: Reference only, photocopying available
Who’s In Charge: Beth Alaska
Website: http://international.yorku.ca (note: no www in front)

The library has information on York University’s exchange universities as well as other international universities and also on language programmes. General information on international internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as, studying