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Online support you should know about! The closure of some University of Toronto Libraries buildings has opened up a world of online support and e-resources available to the University of Toronto faculty, students and staff. Check us out for ongoing updates or read past issues of Your Library is Working (YLIW) here.

Summer's Here!

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If you’re in Toronto, you know that summer is in full swing. Whether you’re in town or further afield, and whether you’re studying, working, vacationing, or anything in between, the IRHR Library is ready to help! Let us know how we can help you find online research or entertainment resources from University of Toronto Libraries, or let us be a sounding board for your big ideas (and your small ones too). Find us online Wednesdays at 12:00 pm on Bb Collaborate in the IRHR Library Quercus site, choose your own time using our online appointment booking option, or just write to us at!

News from CIRHR and the IRHR Library 

Welcome Back! Summer Message from Returning Director Rafael Gomez

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“In the past year I have, like many of you, pivoted in so many different ways and directions that I feel I could act as a virtual Yoga instructor. But the good news is that it’s summer, the patios are open and a vibrancy and energy is returning to Canada’s largest city and the country at large.” Read the full message here.

The Way Things Work

Library Service Profile

As the University of Toronto Libraries continue to adapt services to meet the information needs of our community, we’re providing detailed overviews of new and useful programs.  

Research Impact Series

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Come join the IRHR Library next Wednesday, July 28 at noon on Bb Collaborate to learn why every researcher needs an ORCiD (hint: no two-or-three-or-four S. Morgans or M. Vrkljan are alike) and then stay for the hands-on workshop of creating one for yourself!  This session is geared towards CIRHR PhDs, faculty, and instructors, but all interested CIRHR students are welcome.

Can’t make the session, but have a question? Individual consultations and help are always available! Email us at, or book an appointment here.

E-Resources Deep Dive

In addition to all the e-resources available through the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) catalogue, members of the U of T community also have access to several resources directly through a variety of other platforms.

Streaming Videos from UTL

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Looking for summer blockbusters? Don’t forget that the UTL collection of streaming videos isn't just educational and research-related films – we’ve got lots of pure entertainment too! Grab some popcorn and visit the Media Commons online, and check out all the different options. Audio Cine Films, Criterion-on-Demand ,Kanopy, and others have hours entertainment. Watch classics, recent hits, family films, and more!

On Our Radar

UTP and UTL make Indigenous titles available as free reading

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Image credit: UTP.
"In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, University of Toronto Press (UTP) and University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) added two recent, widely lauded Indigenous Studies titles – Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law by Cheryl Suzack and Words Have a Past: The English Language, Colonialism, and the Newspapers of Indian Boarding Schools by Jane Griffith to their Open Access (OA) program, which makes research monographs freely available to readers around the world." Find out more here.



“Discover shops, stops, places and spaces on Toronto’s main streets as part of StrollTO’s self-guided walks. StrollTO is part of ShowLoveTO, a City of Toronto initiative to help Toronto recover and rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19. The initiative encourages residents to show love for Toronto by safely connecting with neighbours, supporting local businesses and artists, and exploring their city neighbourhoods through a series of programs and events.” Plan your stroll here.

Image credit: Williamson, A. [Davenport].

Spotlight on University of Toronto community COVID-19 supports    

Visit the Big List of University of Toronto COVID-19 Pages by Cate MacLeod, CIRHR Communications, for U of T COVID-19 updates for staff, students, and faculty. 

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