Updated April 19th, 2021

Temporary Suspension of Emmanuel Library Curbside Pickup :

Due to the rising numbers of Covid cases and the measures put in place by the province on Friday last week, Emmanuel Library will pause our curbside pickup service.

1) Book retrieval requests through the UofT Catalogue will stop as of 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20th.

2) Books requested up until that point, may be picked up until 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 23rd. So our curbside pickup hours this week are still Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00-12:00, 1:00-3:00.

3) There will be no curbside pickup after Friday, April 23rd until further notice. The tentative date to resume curbside pickup is May 10th. Please wait for an announcement


Emmanuel Library Curbside Pickup Hours:

Emmanuel Curbside Pickup Service Hours are:  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00 (No Curbside Pickup service on Mondays,Tuesdays, Saturdays, or Sundays).

Requests for curbside pickup can be made through the UofT Catalogue.

How to make a Curbside Pickup request in the UofT Library Catalogue:

  • When you find an item owned by Emmanuel College Library and listed in the UofT Library Catalogue, click on the grey “Get It” button.  If the item is not available digitally through the Hathi Trust, you will be able to borrow the print book.
  • Click “Request Curbside Pickup” and click “Continue.” Have your UTORid and password ready and enter the information and click “Continue.” Please remember to enter your email address so that we can reach you when your request(s) are ready for pickup.  If another person will be picking up your items, please ensure you add a note saying so in the notes field before you click “Submit request.”
  • You will receive an automated message to let you know when your request has been received. Staff will check the shelf for your requested book(s) and send a message about any requested book(s) that are not available.
  • Wait for a final e-mail providing instructions for when to pick up your item(s).
  • Ensure that you have your T-card (or other ID), and a copy of the pick-up confirmation email before arriving at Emmanuel Library.
  • When you arrive at the library, please remember to maintain 2m/6ft from other patrons and staff. If there is a patron being served, please be courteous and maintain a safe distance.
  • University of Toronto and Victoria University policy requires that you wear a mask when entering Emmanuel College and entering the library.

Emmanuel Library’s Pickup service hours will be Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

You can also send curbside pickup requests by email to either, John Kutcher john.kutcher [at] utoronto.ca  OR  Karen Wishart  karen.wishart [at] utoronto.ca  Please provide: the title, author, and call number of the book; your first and last name; and the barcode number on your TCard.

Curbside Pickup FAQ's


The Emmanuel Library outside bookdrop is open for books to be returned (located at the south end of the Emmanuel College building).

Emmanuel Library will not be open for study until further notice. Study space available at other UofT libraries can be found here.


Reference & Research Consultation Services

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


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.

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”


FAQ’s for Curbside Pickup:


Once I've submitted my request, how long will I need to wait before my materials are ready?

This will vary depending on volume and staff availability. Patrons will receive an email when items are ready for pickup. Emmanuel Library’s Pickup service hours will be Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.


Can I pick my books up on Saturday or Sunday?

No you may not. We cannot arrange for pickups on weekends or statutory holidays. Emmanuel Library’s Pickup service hours will be Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.


What happens if I don't pick up my items on time?

We will keep your signed out materials for 7 days. After 7 days, we will discharge the books from your account. Other people may be needing the books.


What materials can I borrow at Emmanuel Library using Curbside Pickup?

You can borrow books, Oversized books, pamphlets, DVD’s, CD’s, and books in Birge Storage.


What's the best way to return materials once I'm done with them?

Please return Emmanuel Library items through the Emmanuel Library outside bookdrop, located at the south end of the building.


What if I only need a scan from a book or journal?

Submit a scan request by email to either, Karen Wishart  karen.wishart [at] utoronto.ca  OR John Kutcher john.kutcher [at] utoronto.ca . For book scans, please provide the title, author, and call number of the book, and the chapter and page numbers to be scanned.  A PDF of the scanned chapter or page numbers will be emailed to you. We can only provide a scan of one chapter/essay per source due to copyright limitations. If you need more than this, please submit a pickup request. For journal articles in Emmanuel Library, please provide the title of the journal, the title of the article, the author of the article, the volume number of the journal, the issue number or month of the journal, and the page numbers of the article.


Can I make a curbside request in person at the library?

No. Unfortunately, library staff cannot accommodate in-person requests for this service. Please make sure you make your request using the UTL catalogue.


How do I arrange for someone else to pick up one or more items for me?

If someone else is picking up item(s) for you, they must have your T-Card, their photo ID, and a copy of an email from you authorizing them to collect material on your behalf. Please remember to note in your online request that another person will be picking up your items. You can do this in the notes field when making your request through the catalogue.

Last updated: April 19, 2021