U of T

The University of Toronto is Canada’s largest university. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King’s College, the first post-secondary institution in the British colony of Upper Canada. The university currently has about 89,00 students in total, including approximately 71,000 undergraduates and 17,000 graduate students.

UofT is a public research university spread across three campuses: Scarborough (east), Mississauga (west), and St. George (in downtown Toronto). The 2018 International Conference on Religion & Film will take place at the St. George campus.

Here is a map of the university, with a link for directions.

Internet Access

Internet access to visitors of UofT is available only through eduroam (education roaming). This system allows faculty, staff and students to access wireless services at any participating institution by logging in with their home institution credentials. Please click here for further information and setup instructions.

Libraries

There are 44 libraries at UofT and most of these are open to the public. However you need permission to access the book stacks (floors 9-13) of the university’s main library, Robarts. A short-term (7-day) visitor’s pass is CAD$20 and can be purchased at the Information Desk on the first floor of Robarts.

The 2018 International Conference on Religion & Film will take place in the Claude T. Bissell building, which forms the north tower of Robarts. The south tower contains the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the largest repository of publicly accessible rare books and manuscripts in Canada.

Robarts Library is named after John Robarts, the 17th Premier of Ontario. Its collection specializes in arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as government documents. In total Robarts contains more than 4.5 million books, 4.1 million microform items, and 740,000 other items. The library building is one of the most significant examples of brutalist architecture in North America, and when viewed from the south-east it famously looks like a turkey:

 

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