History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Library Services


The Department of Art has an important library, containing more than 40,000 exhibition catalogues, commercial gallery catalogues, and permanent collection catalogues. When the Art Department’s Ph.D. programme was established in 1968, a formal agreement was made between the Art Library and University’s main Robarts library, determining that the Art Library would collect exhibition catalogues and photographic resources. Today it plays an important role as an integral part of the department, as well as serving the University, other universities, and art communities beyond. The subject-specialist librarian Margaret English functions as the University’s faculty liaison librarian for the subject of Art History and Visual Art, creating online Resources Guides in this field and providing Information Literacy instruction sessions whenever requested to individual students, and classes.  


The Library is now on Summer Hours:

Mondays – 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesdays – 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesdays – 10 am to 5 pm
Thursdays – 10 am to 5 pm
Fridays – 10 am to 5 pm
Closed weekends


  • Reference service: Reference service is available any time during open hours.
  • Course materials on hold: Required and recommended readings for (mostly graduate) courses are frequently placed in the Library office. Check with your professor to verify that the material is in the Art Library or if it is at the Short Term Loan Desk at Roberts Library.
  • Photocopying: Most items may be photocopied, however, there are some exceptions. Please consult with Library staff before you photocopy. Copying costs 10¢ per page, payable using the TCard system only.  Be sure to have enough money charged onto your card.
  • Scanner: Currently, we do not charge for modest numbers of scans, however this may change if demands are placed on staff time and resources. Staff will assist, and no library material must be damaged in the process. 
  • Computers: The Library is equipped with 6 computer terminals that are password protected as their intended use is for faculty, graduate students and staff. Undergraduates may use the terminals when necessary, however, Library Staff will assess their needs and sign them on.

Image Services and FADIS

Located in room 6031, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Toronto,  Ontario, M5S 3G3

Image Services provides teaching images to Art Department faculty and students, as well as providing and maintaining a selection of equipment for classroom use, and booking AV requests.  The repository of choice for Art Department teaching images is FADIS (the Federated Academic Digital Imaging System).   Artstor is also available through the University of Toronto Library system.

FADIS is a collaborative online database management system (currently eight sites at UofT and across Canada) of more than 150,000 works of art from virtually every period, culture and discipline.  An important teaching and research tool, it includes still images, sound, and video.    FADIS is responsive and timely–images can be made available quickly and efficiently.   Its content is tailored very much to current teaching and research needs, but it also constitutes a  valuable image archive.  FADIS also provides teaching and review tools for classroom presentation and study, as well as offering personal image storage and use.

Although FADIS is now run from  Information Technology Services (ITS) in Robarts Library, it was originally developed in the Department of Art, and virtually all scanning and cataloguing takes place at sites such as Image Services.  

Image scanning and cataloguing takes place at three sites at UofT:
St George campus:  Nicholas Westbridge, nicholas.westbridge@utoronto.ca
Scarborough campus:   Catherine Spence, cspence@utsc.utoronto.ca
UTM campus: Harriet Sonne de Torrens,  harriet.sonne@utoronto.ca

To use FADIS, you will need a UTORid and password.  Please see the Art Department front page for access (upper right corner), or go to http://fadis.library.utoronto.ca/ .

Additional Visual Resources: For links to additional visual and research resources, please click here to visit the University of Toronto Mississauga Image and Visual Resource Collections website.

Help with FADIS: We are more than happy to assist you in using FADIS.  We are available one-on-one in person (Sid Smith 6031), on the phone (416 946-3961), or by email (nicholas.westbridge@utoronto.ca).  Group instruction on request.

Classroom AV emergencies:  especially outside normal working hours, please call 416 978-0423
Sidney Smith classroom AV: Arlindo Rodrigues 416 978-6507 (ar.rodrigues@utoronto.ca)

The FADIS architect is Gordon Belray, ITS, Robarts Library:  gordon.belray@utoronto.ca
For assistance and more information, please contact Nicholas Westbridge, nicholas.westbridge@utoronto.ca  416 946-3961.


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