About the Library

Located on the campus of Victoria University in the Emmanuel College building, Emmanuel Library is one of the most beautiful libraries at the University of Toronto. It provides a tranquil setting for studying and research. The collection includes approximately 80,000 items, and contains books, journals, and electronic and audio-visual materials in theology, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, which support graduate studies at Emmanuel College.

Areas of Strength

General Collection

  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Buddhism
  • Sacred Music
  • Pastoral Care
  • Worship
  • Preaching
  • Bible
  • Theology
  • Qur'an
  • Methodism
  • United Church of Canada

Special Collections

  • Wesleyana
  • Northrop Frye
  • James Evans
  • Peter Jones
  • Erasmus
  • John Webster Grant
  • Reuben Butchart (Disciples of Christ)
  • S.A. Nigosian
  • A.H. Reynar
  • Besly Family
  • Ernest G. Clarke


All Special Collections are housed in the E. J. Pratt Library. Please ask for assistance in accessing these items.

Fun fact:

The music video, “Head over Heels” by the English band Tears for Fears was filmed in Emmanuel library in June 1985.

In February 2015, the Emmanuel College students made their version


Emmanuel Library

3rd Floor, Emmanuel College
75 Queen’s Park Crescent East,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 1K7


on Saturdays you can only access the Emmanuel College building from the west-side entrance on Queen’s Park Crescent.

Library Hours

Exam period
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15
Week of
Dec. 16 – Dec. 22
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed Closed

Holiday Closures

Christmas / New Year Monday, December 23, 2019 to Friday, January 3, 2020 (inclusive).
Family Day Monday, February 17, 2020
Good Friday Friday, April 10, 2020