Borrowing from the library

Music Library Services

Valid TCard holders may borrow most Music Library materials. External researchers may review materials in-house and access online resources at designated computer workstations.

Undergraduates 2 weeks, 5 renewals 2 weeks, 5 renewals 1 week, no renewals (10 items max) 50
Graduate students 8 weeks, 3 renewals 8 weeks, 3 renewals 1 week, no renewals (15 items max) 100 (all items)
Staff 8 weeks, 3 renewals 8 weeks, 3 renewals 1 week, no renewals (15 items max) 100 (all items)
Faculty 12 weeks, 3 renewals 12 weeks, 3 renewals 1 week, 1 renewal (unlimited items) 100 (all items)
Music Faculty (Ensemble coaching) - on request 3 months      
Research readers 1 week, 2 renewals 1 week, 2 renewals In-library use only 100
Alumni 1 week, no renweals 1 week, no renewals In-library use only 25

Course reserves

Course reserves are available at the Music Library service desk for 2 hour loan. Only 1 course reserve item can be borrowed at a time. Course reserves borrowed 1 hour before closing time are due back 1 hour after opening the next day.


Unless placed on hold by another reader, books may be renewed in person, online (My Account), or by telephone (416.978.3734). After the first 2 weeks of the loan period, books may be recalled for another patron. Recalled material will be fined at $2.00 per day.


When the item you need is checked out, you can ask for a hold. This means that we won't allow the current borrower to renew the book and, when it is returned, the item will be held at the service desk for you to pick up. You will be notified via email when the book is returned. Holds cannot be placed on Short Term Loan items. To request a hold directly within the catalogue, click on the Options button next to the item you need, then Request.

Late Fines

Book/Score 50 cents per day
Course Reserve 50 cents per hour
Recalled book/score $2.00 per day
CD/DVD $1.00 per day
Technology 50 cents per hour

Library privileges are withheld when the limit of $25.00 is reached.

Fines can be paid online using My Account or in-person at all U of T libraries. The Music Library only accepts payment by credit or debit (no cash payments).

Lost Item Charges and Damaged Items

Lost items are subject to a $145.00 replacement charge. The library reserves the right to charge fines in addition to the replacement cost. Charges will be applied to damaged items.