About Audiovisual

  The Media Commons supports the University of Toronto curriculum and private study, currently holding some 20-thousand audiovisual titles.   A variety of in-library media playback facilities for individual and group use is available. The Media Commons is wheelchair accessible and provides closed captioned facilities.  Our Theatre is equipped for hearing-impaired.

Collection Information

  The Media Commons audiovisual collection includes Blu-ray discs, DVD's, videos, along with heritage formats such as 16mm films available for classroom screening or individual study. Titles not included in the collection can sometimes be obtained from other sources.  A small reference collection of catalogues, books, periodicals and media distributors catalogues is available for consultation.  Lead time for retrieval from the Reference Collecton is required.



  Holders of most valid University of Toronto Library cards may borrow materials from the collection. The loan period is "two nights" with possibility of up to 3 renewals* if no other reservation exists.  Extended loan periods may be arranged if multiple classroom screenings are required.
  All audiovisual materials must be licensed for classroom use.  The Media Commons acquires performance rights for most programs for use at the University of Toronto's three campuses.  These rights do not extend to off-campus locations.  For further information, contact the Library Copyright Office

*The number of renewals is dependent upon privileges associated with your Library Card category.

Please note:  OISE Alumni, Associate and UTS Student cards do NOT have borrowing privileges.

Advance Reservations

  Advance reservations of Media Commons audiovisual material, for classroom/teaching use, may be made via  media.commons@utoronto.ca

  Programs not found in the Media Commons audiovisual collection can often be obtained from other sources given sufficient lead time. Any costs associated with these services are charged back to the borrower's department.

  Faculty can request that programs be placed on reserve for course assignments and exam preparation. To request a reserve, please contact us at  media.commons@utoronto.ca

In Library Audiovisual Facilities

  The Media Commons provides a variety of audiovisual playback equipment for on-site use, namely VHS, Blu-ray and DVD players, along with specialized heritage equipment such as Laser Videodisc, 16mm film projectors, 35mm slide projectors and audiocassette players.  Three group screening rooms are available, including a 50-seat theatre and a 32-seat classroom styled facility.   Sixteen individual audiovisual carrels are also available.

  Advanced reservations for screening rooms and specialized equipment such as 16mm film projectors are recommended. Teaching staff who need screening rooms and audiovisual materials on a regular basis may enquire about making reservations for the duration of their course.  Email media.commons@utoronto.ca

  For Audiovisual needs elsewhere on the St. George Campus, please contact the Academic and Campus Events, Classroom Technology