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.

Book List

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:

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 Mondays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. 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.

Book Reviews

Mindful Parent Happy Child by Pilar Placone

No Ordinary Apple by Sara Marlowe

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Helen Garabedian