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Reference & Research Help


Innis Library provides research and reference assistance to the U of T community – students, faculty, and staff. Services are provided in person, or you may phone or email the Library for assistance.


Reference services are provided whenever the Librarian is available, generally Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment (email




Circulation Services


Borrowing Privileges 

  • Undergraduate Students – 14 days – 5 renewals, 14 days each
  • Graduate Students & Staff – 56 days – 3 renewals, 56 days each
  • Faculty Members – 84 days – 3 renewals, 84 days each
  • See UofT Libraries guidelines on borrowing



Restricted Use

  • There are restrictions and shorter loan periods for Course Reserves / STL materials.
  • Serials /Journals and Reference items are available for in-library use only.
  • Our PhD Collection can only be borrowed by Cinema Studies PhD Students, however users are welcomed to use the books on site.



Recalling Materials

  • All loans are subject to recall, when a hold has been placed by another borrower, after 2 weeks of the initial loan period has passed.
  • Recalled material which is not returned within 2 days will be fined at the rate of $2.00 per day.



Fines and Lost Book Charges


Regular Books:
  • Fines are charged at the rate of $0.50/day per book.
  • No fines are charged for the first day a book is overdue.


Course Reserves Books
  • Fines on Course Reserve / Short Term Loan books are $0.50/hour to a maximum of $7.50 a day.
  • No fines are charged for the first 15 minutes a book is late.
  • Library privileges are withheld when the block limit is reached, until fines are paid.


Lost Books
  • Lost library books are subject to a $145.00 replacement charge.
  • The library reserves the right to charge fines in addition to the replacement cost.




Find out about Citation Managers


Citation managers can help you to collect the citation information (books, articles, and more) and automatically format in-text citations and bibliographies.


Resources for Citation Managers: