ECSL is being renovated!

We’re very pleased to announce that the Engineering & Computer Science Library (ECSL) is currently undergoing significant renovations to improve the HVAC and increase student study spaces (both quiet and noisy)!

Renovations began on August 4, 2020 and ECSL will be closed for the duration of the construction. We expect the renovations to be complete in the early part of 2021 although the library’s reopening will depend on Public Health and U of T guidelines and restrictions due to COVID-19.

ECSL’s print collection (books, print journals, reference materials) will not be available during the renovation and ECSL will not be able to participate in the curbside pick-up program currently being offered by other U of T libraries.

But no need to worry! ECSL librarians and staff are available to help with finding information for your research or projects and any other library related support you need.

Here are the ways you can get help:

The following FAQ provides answers to some common questions.


Renovation FAQ

When will the renovations happen?

Renovations began on August 4, 2020 and will continue until at least January 2021


Will the library be open during renovations?

No, the library will be closed during renovations. We expect the library to re-open in the early part of2021 barring anyCOVID-19 restrictions.


What improvements are you making?

  • Upgrading the HVAC to improve air quality in the library

  • Creating two group study rooms and modifying group study spaces

  • Improving and increasing silent or individual study spaces

  • Adding a small classroom for library workshops and other events


Where can I study while the renovations happen and during COVID-19?

Starting September 10, the Gerstein Science and Information Centre is nearby and the first floor is open for studying. Floors 1-5of Robarts will also be open for studying. Other information regarding library study space can be found here.


Can I access online library materials during the renovation and during COVID-19?

Yes, all our online journals, proceedings, books and other materials such as online standards are available throughout the renovations. Go to the ECSL website to get started.

Additionally, some of our print collection is available online via our temporary emergency access agreement with HathiTrust. You can select the “get help” button in the catalogue record for a book to see if it is available online.

Go our information page about HathiTrustselect


Can I sign out hardcopy books during renovations?

No, you cannot sign out or access ECSL hardcopy materials during the renovation. Please remember that you are also able to use RACER to request any material from other institutions during our closure. Please note: this service will be limited due toCOVID-19 restrictions.


Where should I return books during the renovations and during COVID-19?

Currently, there is no need to return books. However, you can return them to the Robarts book drop located beside the main entrance on St. George Street. All due dates will be extended to the end of the fall term.


Can I request ECSL materials for intercampus delivery during renovations?



What about course reserve materials?

Due to the pandemic, hard copy course reserves are not available.

How can I get reference help during the renovation?

You can still get reference help in several ways: