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John M. Kelly Library


The John M. Kelly Library is the largest federated college library at the University of Toronto. It is also one of more than forty libraries at the university. Although our collections cover a wide range of subjects, we focus most on humanities disciplines including Catholic theology, the Middle Ages, book history and media, social justice, Celtic Studies, and English, French, Italian, Slavic and German literature.

So, what makes us special? A Personal Librarian program; the Kelly InfoExpress service; our eat and drink anywhere policy; the second-largest DVD collection at UofT; the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives; more than seventy workstations; our rare book collections; black & white and colour printing; and the Kelly Café (with Starbucks coffee).

Summer Term 2015

Friday May 1, 2015 through Sunday September 13, 2015

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Closed for Victoria Day, Monday May18th; Canada Day, Wednesday July 1st; Civic Holiday, Monday August 3rd; and Labour Day, Monday September 7th.


Rare Books, Archival and Manuscript Collections Reading Room Hours

Tuesday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. — 3:45 p.m. | An appointment is required.

Archives of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario Hours

Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | More information.

113 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3C2

Local Directions

The Kelly Library is on the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto. The library is on St. Joseph Street, one block north of Wellesley Street between Queen's Park Crescent and Bay Street. To get to the library by public transit (TTC), take the subway to the Museum, Bay, or Wellesley subway stations. All three stops are within four blocks of the library.


Sheril Hook

Sheril Hook

Chief Librarian

Dave Hagelaar

Dave Hagelaar

Associate Chief Librarian

Michael Bramah

Michael Bramah

Head of Technical Services

Richard Carter

Richard Carter

Reference Librarian


Gabrielle Earnshaw

Head, Manuscript Collections, Archivist of the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection

Noel S. McFerran

Noel S. McFerran

Theology and Rare Books Librarian

Remi Pulwer

Remi Pulwer

Head of Public Services

Silva Vong

Silvia Vong

Collaborative Learning Librarian

Contact Us


Technical Services

Public Services

Special Collections


Floor Plans

The John M. Kelly Library has three floors (the 4th floor is the Library of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies) accessible by stairs and elevator:

Ground Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor



At the west side of the Kelly Library (closer to Queen's Park) there is a slight inclined ramp from street level to the raised platform in front of the library; the Kelly Library entrance is at the same level as the raised platform. There is a power-assisted door with a push-plate to enter the lobby of the building, and another power-assisted door with a push-plate between the lobby and the library itself. To leave the library through the power-assisted door patrons must ask a staff person at the Circulation Desk to remotely open it.


There are two elevators which go from the ground floor to the second, third and fourth floors. No elevator button is higher than 126 cm above the floor; all have braille characters. There is an audio announcement when the elevator door opens at each floor.


There are two accessible washrooms on the east side of the ground floor of the Kelly Library: one in the Kelly Café, the other near the DVD section. The doors are opened and locked with a push button. The overhead lights, toilet flushing, soap dispenser, water tap, and hand drier are all operated by motion sensor. There is a grab bar next to the toilet.

Computer Access

There is one computer workstation on the ground floor of the Kelly Library which has a desktop 76 cm above the floor; most computer workstations in the library have a desktop 71 cm above the floor. Almost all computers in the library are equipped with magnification software; many also have text narration software.


The aisles between book shelves on the second and third floors are almost all at least 90 cm wide. There are a small number of aisles which are narrower, occasionally as little as 77 cm wide. The book stacks are over two metres high. Books are shelved at all levels including the top and bottom shelves. There are a number of rolling step stools in the stacks.


The Kelly Library has a collection of over 3500 DVDs; many of these have optional subtitles. There is also a small collection of audio-CDs and audio-cassettes.


Kelly Library staff are happy to assist patrons who have special needs by looking up titles in the library catalogue, retrieving materials from the stacks, and helping with signing materials out from the library. Patrons who need assistance should identify themselves to staff at the Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk.

Join Us for the Friends of the Kelly Library SMC Book Sale! Tuesday September 29th - Saturday October 3rd

We are always grateful for donations. Thank you for your generosity.

Become a Friend of the Kelly Library

To all those who realize the power of the written word to inspire the mind and fire the imagination:

The decision to build the John M. Kelly Library in 1967 was, in the words of the late USMC President, Father Laurence K. Shook, CSB, “epoch-making both for its magnificence and its vision.” Ever since, the Kelly has remained the academic heart of St. Mike’s and is one of the largest and most active libraries at the University of Toronto.

It is my distinct privilege to invite you to become a member of the Friends of the John M. Kelly Library. By so doing, you will help to ensure that the library continues its vital mission of supporting the personal and intellectual endeavours of all those who come to St. Mike’s now and in the future. The purpose of the Friends will be to raise funds and plan activities and events to enrich the resources of the Kelly library.

As a Friend, you can help:

Preserve and enhance the special collections: such as the Soulerin Collection (the original Founders collection of St. Michael’s), the archives of Twentieth Century Living Spirituality, and the rare books which date back to the 15th century.

Provide additional up-to-date printed and electronic resources to benefit St. Mike’s undergraduate and graduate students directly.

Improve the physical space to make the library a more attractive, inviting and comfortable place to study.

Friend's fundraising projects include an annual book sale. The well-being of St. Michael's depends, in large part, on the well-being of the Kelly Library and the involvement and generosity of people like you. Once again, I invite you to become a member of what I believe will be a lively and enjoyable association of alumni, students, faculty, staff and others who share a love of books, libraries and St. Michael's.

Yours sincerely,

Manda Vrkljan
Kelly InfoExpress Liaison


A room without books is like a body without a soul.

G.K. Chesterton


A. Preamble

The Director of Library and Archives has the authority to ensure that the John M. Kelly Library operates in the best possible environment for study and research. As the library of a Federated University of the University of Toronto, the Director of Library and Archives reports to the President of the University of St Michael's College. The Chief Librarian of the University of Toronto Libraries does not normally hold any authority as regards the conduct regulations of the John M. Kelly library.

B. Prohibited Activities

In order to ensure the best possible study and research environment for all users, Library patrons are required to follow the John M. Kelly Library Conduct Regulations, which prohibit activities including (but not limited to):

  1. Removal or attempted removal of library materials or property from a library building or controlled area without authorization.
  2. Mutilation of library materials or files by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding or staples, removing security devices, tampering electronically, or in any other way damaging or defacing library materials.
  3. Deliberately concealing or misfiling library materials in the Library for the exclusive use of an individual or group.
  4. Refusal to abide by the Library regulations regarding the return of materials and payment of fines and/or penalties. These would include penalties on lost or damaged items, "blocks" (preventing the patron from using "circulation" services, until penalties are paid, or books returned).
  5. Any disturbance or behaviour which interferes with normal use of the Library. Such inappropriate behaviour includes activities that are distracting or disruptive to others.
  6. Bringing animals into a Library building except those which are needed to assist persons with disabilities.
  7. Harassment or assault of Library staff or users.
  8. Smoking, both in the Library building and outside the library immediately in front of the main doors into or out of this building.
  9. Access to or use of any Library facility, equipment or service without proper permission by authorized persons.
  10. Entering or being in a restricted area of the Library, remaining in the Library after closing or when requested to leave during an emergency exercise.
  11. Damage or defacement of the Library building or equipment, inside or outside.
  12. Refusal to abide by regulations pertaining to matters of health, safety and security.


The Library will make every effort to ensure that its users are fully apprised of the Library Conduct Regulations by posting print and digital copies.

1. Breaches of the Library Conduct Regulations

The Library and the University will actively pursue disciplinary action, prosecution or other legal action for breaches of the Library Conduct Regulations.

It is understood that it is not possible to rely solely on these existing policies because they do not govern all the stated prohibited activities. For breaches relating to the Library Conduct Regulations, the following procedures will apply.

2.Disciplinary Procedures

a. Anyone who believes a breach under these regulations has been committed may initiate a complaint by bringing the matter to the attention of the Director of Library and Archives, or designate.

b. Wherever possible and appropriate, reason and moral suasion shall be used to resolve issues of individual behaviour before resort is made to formal disciplinary procedures. Library staff will assist in monitoring the clauses of these regulations and, as appropriate, issue warnings to library users who may have committed offences as defined in these regulations.

c. Some of the prohibited activities in the regulations may be considered offences as defined in the University of Toronto's Code of Student Conduct, the University of Toronto's Policy & Procedures: Sexual Harassment, the University of Toronto's Smoking Policy, or in the Criminal Code of Canada (clauses relating to assault, theft, etc.). As such, appropriate hearing procedures and sanctions outlined in those codes may be applied.

d. Upon investigation of a complaint which is deemed to be a breach of the Library Conduct Regulations as defined, a person designated by the Director of Library and Archives may conclude that action is warranted. At this point the person designated by the Director of Library and Archives will decide on the appropriate disciplinary procedures to follow.

Generally, the Director of Library and Archives will deal with breaches of the regulations using the authority given by virtue of the office. In cases of persistent breach of the regulations or vexatious conduct, the Director will generally consider whether the conduct constitutes behaviour prohibited under disciplinary policies as listed in item C, section 2(c) above, or, for employees, under administrative procedures. If another policy or procedure applies s/he may refer the complaint to the appropriate person or persons responsible for carrying out the hearing procedures and sanctions of that particular policy, code, or administrative procedure.

In cases where an alleged offence has been committed by a student, a hearing may be conducted by the student's college or faculty, and sanctions imposed under the Code of Student Conduct may apply after a hearing, as required under the Code, has been held. In cases where a serious offence such as theft or damage has been committed by a member or non-member of the University of Toronto, USMC may seek action under a civil suit and/or prosecution (under the Criminal Code of Canada).


The Director of Library and Archives or designate may impose the following sanctions or combinations of them upon library users found to be in breach of these regulations.

a. Formal written reprimand. In the case of a student or staff member, a copy of the written reprimand may be sent to the library user's principal, dean or director.

b. Denial of access to the Library and its services either permanently or for a specified period of time. This denial of access will be confirmed in a written notice to the library user found to be in breach of this Regulation. In the case of a student or staff member, a copy of the written notice may be sent to the library user's principal, dean or director.

In addition, library users who are in breach of this policy may be placed on conduct probation for a defined period of time, with the provision that one or more of the sanctions, as appropriate, will be applied if the conduct probation is violated.

4. Appeal Procedures

a. A library user who has been notified of the denial of access to the Library and its services has up to 10 days (from the mailing or emailing of the notice, whichever is done first) to appeal the decision.

b. The President of USMC, or his or her designate (other than the person who considered the case and imposed the sanction being appealed) will hear the appeal and will render a decision to uphold or dismiss the appeal, or possibly to vary the sanction imposed.