Updated July 22, 2020

Library Closure: Emmanuel Library is closed until further notice

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe in response to COVID-19, and consistent with the University of Toronto’s related measures and following guidance from public health authorities, we have made the decision to close Emmanuel Library. It will be closed until further notice.

This page details how our services can be accessed during the closure.


Reference & Research Consultation Services

Please contact Karen Wishart (Emmanuel College Librarian) at Karen.wishart [at] utoronto.ca regarding reference assistance.


Borrowing & Returning Books

Due dates? Book drop off?

All books have been automatically renewed until September 18th.

Fines will not be applied during the closure.

You do not need to return books while the library is closed. The Emmanuel Library book drop will be closed. Books can be returned to the Robarts Library bookdrop.

Books from our stacks will not be available for borrowing during the closure.


Quercus Support

Several options are available for Quercus assistance:

  • Diane Michaud (Reader Services Librarian at the E.J. Pratt Library), can be consulted for embedded support for VIC-coded courses in Quercus. Please do not hesitate to reach out to her at: diane.michaud [at] vicu.utoronto.ca
  • the larger Arts & Science Information & Instructional Technology Team is also available for support at this email address: tts.artsci [at] utoronto.ca
  • contact information for the general U of T support for Quercus (and integrated technologies) is available from the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation: q.help [at] utoronto.ca.


Teaching Support

Information on moving your lectures online, hosting virtual office hours, and other topics is available on Quercus and is provided by the  A&S IIT Teaching Technology Support.

Other resources related to supporting teaching are described on the University of Toronto Libraries website.


HathiTrust - Emergency Temporary Access Service

The University of Toronto is now a participant in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). This means that during the U of T library closure due to COVID-19, current students and faculty can read digitized versions of more than 2.5 million of the library’s in-copyright print books that have been deposited in the HathiTrust Digital Library. 

The Emergency Temporary Access Service enables:    

  • Students, faculty and staff to log in to HathiTrust and view all books published before 2004 that HathiTrust has verified as being held in U of T Libraries' print collection, even if in copyright.   

  • Students, faculty and staff to read and search these books online. Single page downloads are available. Books cannot be downloaded in full.    

  • For each copy of a work in our collection, one simultaneous checkout will be allowed.

  • To learn more about the ETAS service, after logging into HathiTrust, select Help from the top menu and search for "ETAS information for users".

The HathiTrust collection will only be available while our physical libraries are closed.  

How to access the collection  

  1. Read and agree to the term of use statement (below these instructions).

  2. From anywhere on the HathiTrust website, click the yellow LOG IN button.  

  3. Find and select the University of Toronto in the list of partner institutions.   

  4. Log in with your UTORid and password.   

  5. When you have logged in, you will be returned to the HathiTrust website, where you can search the HathiTrust collection.  

  6. In your search results, look for items labeled 'Temporary Access'. 


How to Access Electronic Resources in the UofT Catalogue:

Electronic resources can be accessed through the library catalogue: https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/ 

You can limit your search to online resources only → in your results page, on the left menu there is an option to limit to “Online”


Some helpful e-resources in the UofT catalogue:

Oxford Bibliographies Online

Under Browse by Subject, choose: Biblical Studies; Buddhism; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Music; Psychology; Renaissance & Reformation; Social Work; etc.

Oxford Handbooks Online

Under Browse by Subject, choose: Classical Studies; History; Music; Psychology; Religion; Sociology, etc.

Or enter search terms (e.g. Christology) in Search box top right.

Some Oxford Handbook titles that can be accessed online:

Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology

Oxford Handbook of Christology

Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies

Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern European Thought

Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender

Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-century Christian Thought

Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology


Cambridge Companion series

Titles can be accessed as follows: in the UofT Catalogue, under Catalogue search, choose Books. Insert “Cambridge Companion” in the search box. From the drop-down menu choose “Series Title.” This will give you all the titles in the series. Choose Online in the left-hand menu. Filter results by inserting a single term such as “theology” and checking the “search within” box.

Some of the titles in the series that can be accessed online are:

Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Cambridge Companion to the Gospels

Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation

Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine

Cambridge Companion to the Trinity

Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology

Cambridge Companion to Choral Music

Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music

Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology

Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther

Cambridge Companion to John Calvin

Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology

Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth


Electronic Resources Temporarily & Publicly available during the shutdown:

Note: You may need to use your UTORid and password or your UofT email address to access these e-resources

Temporary Access

The UofT Libraries are working with publishers and providers to add expanded access and new collections for the duration of the libraries’ closure. This is an ongoing project and the list of resources grows every day.  These cannot be accessed through the UofT catalogue, so here are the links to some of these resources:

Brill e-resources temporarily available: 

Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library (including both Biblical Texts and non-Biblical texts)

Textual History of the Bible

Encyclopedia of Christianity Online

Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

Philosophy in the Islamic World Online 8th-10th Centuries

Other Brill titles can be found here: 



Bloomsbury/T & T Clark:

              E-books on Theology with topics such as Barth, Revelation, the Trinity, Creation, Preaching, Incarnation, Resurrection, Justification, and Systematic Theology.

              Theology & Religion Online:


Jesus Library: https://www.theologyandreligiononline.com/t&t-clark-jesus-library

Cambridge University Press:

Free access to all "Textbooks" on the Cambridge Core platform:



Access to 750,000+ eBooks from DeGruyter and American Press Publishers, including: Princeton University Press, University of Toronto Press, Columbia University Press, Harvard University Press, Cornell University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Yale University Press, University of California Press, University of Chicago Press, Rutgers University Press, NYU Press.

              Access to individual eBooks is through the DeGruyter main web page:



Publicly Available Sources:


ATLA Resources →on all world religions https://atla.libguides.com/c.php?g=940182&p=6775789

Christian Classics Ethereal Library  https://www.ccel.org/

Open Access Digital Theological Library https://oadtl.org/

Jesuit Online Library https://jesuitonlinelibrary.bc.edu/

Internet Archive https://archive.org/

Project Gutenberg →a library of over 60,000 e-books  https://www.gutenberg.org/


For further updates on e-resources available, go to:



More online Electronic Resources available:


In the UofT Library catalogue there is now e-access to the three volume Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity


The UofT Library catalogue also now has access to:


Special Collections & Rare Books

During the library closure, special collections and rare books will not be available for consultation. This includes any requests submitted by students currently enrolled in VIC184 (Individuals and the Public Sphere: Cultural Memory).

A number of the materials are digitized and can be accessed via our digital collections. Many rare books and archival collections are available online. Please contact one of our reference librarians for research assistance. We will resume accepting requests for consulting the materials from our special and rare book collections once normal operations resume.


Services at Other University of Toronto Libraries

Updates on the changes in the operations and services of the libraries are posted on the University of Toronto Libraries website. Please visit this link regularly for the latest information on the library hours, services and operations due to the COVID-19 virus. 


Book Sale Donations & Friends of the Library Events  

The book sale volunteers will not be able to accept any donations while the library is closed. Please contact our volunteers at vic.booksale [at] utoronto.ca if you have any questions.  


All upcoming events organized by the Friends of Victoria University Library have been cancelled.


Student Services at Victoria University & University of Toronto


Please visit the Victoria University website and University of Toronto website for the latest information on the campus operations.


COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Information Guide:

The Gerstein Library has created a new COVID-19 research guide for researchers, healthcare professionals, and the general public - a gateway to reliable resources for your many COVID-19 questions.

Last updated: July 22, 2020