The Inforum is a dynamic, collaborative place within the iSchool, combining research resources with the latest technology, in a pleasant, comfortable study and social space. One of 44 locations that make up the University of Toronto Libraries, it is the only one in the system to offer collections, services, technology, facilities, and staff dedicated to serving graduate students and faculty members in information and museum studies.
Inforum facilities and services include individual and group study space, course reserves, in-depth reference and research services, and instruction from a variety of resource people, including iSchool librarians and information technology staff. Part of the faculty's Information Services Unit, its main purpose is to support the teaching, learning, and research endeavours of iSchool students and faculty.
Group Study Rooms
Inforum group study rooms feature a large conference table, task chairs, a desktop computer connected to the iSchool network, wireless connectivity, and room capacities that range from four to twenty occupants. You can book rooms in advance for team meetings or collaborative project work. Additional bookable group study areas are available on the third floor of the Claude T. Bissell building where some of your classes will be located.
Individual Study Rooms
There are two rooms in a newly renovated area on seventh floor of the building that have been set aside for quiet study. The rooms are reserved for individual use by masters students.
Electronic Classrooms (computer labs)
There are three e-classrooms all equipped with workstations and software needed for teaching and class use. When there are no classes scheduled, you are free to use the rooms for quiet work if you don’t want to bring your computer in from home. Two of the e-classrooms are accessible to you 24-hours a day.
Brian Cantwell Smith Ideas Exchange (BCSIE)
Named after past dean Brian Cantwell Smith, the Ideas Exchange is an informal meeting space tucked away on the fifth floor of the building. Designed for collaborative work and impromptu intellectual discourse, the Ideas Exchange is equipped with a Smartboard, a kitchenette, a mix of conference-style furniture and intimate café-style seating.
More Spaces At The St. George Campus
University of Toronto Libraries
The University of Toronto Libraries is Canada's largest academic library system and is ranked third amongst North America's research libraries. With over 40 locations spread across three campuses it boasts a multitude of spaces to fit a multitude of study habits, including:
- Quiet study carrels at the college libraries
- The award-winning Morrison Pavilion at Gerstein Library
- The café and reading rooms at Robarts Library
The Grad Room is an inclusive space designed just for graduate students at the University. Located at Harbord and Spadina, it features a graduate student lounge and multi-purpose space for academic and student programming.
Hart House, completed in 1919 in the Gothic revival style, was gifted to the University through the Massey Foundation. You can find quiet study space in the first floor Reading Room and the second floor Library when not taking advantage of Hart House’s cultural and recreational programming. They also serve a great $5 lunch on Wednesdays!
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